Socio-Legal Studies Association

Where law meets social sciences & the humanities

SLSA Postgraduate Conference 

Every year the SLSA runs a conference for postgraduate research students in the early stages of their programme. The conference is run through small informal group workshops and aimed at providing support on issues such as:

  • Life Cycle of a PhD
  • The Supervisory Relationship and Wellbeing
  • Ethics and the PhD
  • Getting Published
  • Presenting your Research
  • Getting your First Academic Job

The conference is very informal and has a developmental and supportive focus so that workshop facilitators can provide advice on the topics and facilitate questions and discussions. One of its aims is to encourage networking between postgraduate research students with an interest in socio-legal studies. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion with other postgraduates, as well as with the facilitators.

Everyone attending will be invited to submit a short synopsis of their research interests. Please note that you will not be expected to present your research at the conference. Your short synopsis will be distributed to all conference attendees, so as to facilitate the networking process only.


Eligibility: the conference is open to postgraduate research students from the UK and beyond, although it is primarily aimed at PhD students at UK institutions in their first year of study. Students who have attended a postgraduate conference in the past are not eligible for a place. There is a limit of five students from any one institution.

Places at the conference are limited, and they are usually in high demand and fill out quickly.


  • Students fund their own travel costs.
  • The SLSA covers their accommodation.
  • Students are asked to pay a £10 deposit when they register and this is returned to them when they arrive. It will only be forfeited if you fail to attend without giving reasonable notice.
  • Places will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. A waiting list will also be maintained if necessary.

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