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The Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences

Posted by The Situationist Staff on May 13, 2009

SALMS LogoWe are excited to share with our community of contributors and readers that the first law student organization that we know of promoting the law and mind sciences approach was recently approved at Harvard Law School.  Here is a brief description.

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The Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is a student organization helping to bring to the Harvard Law School community the ground-breaking mind sciences research that has profound implications for law and policy-making.

Over the past decade, the number of law review articles citing to prominent mind sciences journals has skyrocketed while an increasing number of law schools have begun offering courses emphasizing relevant insights from social psychology and related fields.

SALMS hopes to provide a vibrant community of committed students who seek a more rigorous interdisciplinary approach to legal studies.  Working in conjunction with the scholars affiliated with the Harvard Project on Law and Mind Sciences, we intend to host speakers and collaborate with other organizations on campus to help fill a pronounced void in legal discourse.  Finally, we plan to reach out to other law schools and graduate departments in the region with the hope that our efforts will inspire likeminded students to embark on similar initiatives and collaborative projects.

SALMS will be hosting speakers throughout the 2009-2010 academic year and encourages you to get in touch with its leadership if you are interested in sharing your work.  Likewise, if you are an HLS student interested in getting involved, or a law student at another school and interested in launching a SALMS-like organization on your campus, the SALMS leadership would love to hear from you.  For more information, email the President of SALMS, Mike Rozensher, at salms@law.harvard.edu.

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