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American Journal of Comparative Law





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In the United States, the dawn of the twenty-first century has ushered in a period of both transformation and expansion in the study and teaching of legal history. In less than a quarter century, the teaching of legal history, both in law schools and in undergraduate and graduate history programs, has mushroomed from a rather esoteric subject to one that now is considered mainstream.

The American Society for Legal History, the major professional organization of legal historians in the United States, now has a core membership in excess of 1000, and its annual meeting fills two days with lectures, seminars, and panel discussions. There are now three robust journals devoted to legal history, and an increasing production of scholarship in both general law journals and the print press. Among those factors most important in driving this expansion and transformation several may be singled out. These factors include: digitization of sources, the maturation of a new generation of professionally trained legal historians, and the integration of new approaches into legal, historical research and writing.

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Michael H. Hoeflich and Stephen M. Sheppard, Disciplinary Evolution and Scholarly Expansion: Legal History in the United States, 54 Am. J. Comp. L. 23 (2006).

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