Information about Psychology and Law
The field of psychology and law involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. There are a number of specialties that psychologists may pursue within the larger area of psychology and law. This field encompasses contributions made in a number of different areas--research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training among them--from a variety of orientations within the field of psychology, such as developmental, social, cognitive, and clinical. More information is accessible by following this link: Careers in Psychology and Law
Information and links to Doctoral and Master's programs can be found the page with information about Graduate Programs.
Members of the Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee (TTC) developed a guide to assist students interested in psychology and law graduate programs. We hope this new format will allow students interested in psychology and law programs to more easily access and compare graduate programs. This guide lists current graduate programs in forensic and legal psychology. Programs are listed alphabetically by degree type: doctoral programs (Ph.D. and Psy.D.), joint programs (Ph.D./J.D., Psy.D./J.D., J.D./M.A., Ph.D./M.L.S.), and masters-level programs. Each program is described using the same categories (program facts, admission criteria, opportunities for research or practica, and funding availability) to help prospective students make informed choices about graduate training and education in psychology and law.
Information for Students
View the AP-LS Student Section Web site. There is also a web site for the European Association of Psychology and Law's Student Society
The Division 41 Grants-in-Aid Committee is accepting proposals for small grants (maximum of $750) to support empirical graduate research that addresses psycholegal issues (the award is limited to graduate students who are student affiliate members of AP-LS). There are two deadlines each year: September 30 and January 31. Click on the Grants-in-Aid link for more information
In 2004, AP-LS formed the Mentorship Committee in an effort to reach out to psychologists in the early stages of their careers and to graduate students who plan to enter a career in psychology and law. The Mentorship Committee members are: Ryann Haw, Tara Mitchell (Chair; firstname.lastname@example.org), and Gianni Pirelli. The AP-LS Mentorship Committee provides for a variety of different mentoring experiences. More specifically, mentors are available to answer questions through this website and mentoring is also provided during AP-LS’s annual conferences.
The AP-LS Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee is continuing its efforts to collect syllabi for courses in Psychology and Law or closely related topics. These syllabi have been posted on the web for everyone's easy access. You may download any of the collected syllabi for Undergraduate Courses (click here) or Graduate Courses (click here)
We would appreciate your assistance in providing us with a copy of your syllabi. If you have not already provided one, please send a copy of your syllabi to Kevin O'Neil as an e-mail attachment (Word or PDF files are preferred).
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of APA) also collects syllabi for courses on psychology and law, and all other fields of psychology. You can access their collection HERE.
Teaching Materials for Undergraduate Legal Psychology Courses
Dr. Edie Greene and Erica Drew have collected information intended for instructors of undergraduate courses in psychology and law. As interest in the field has grown, so too has the availability of materials that instructors can use to enhance studentsí experiences and deepen their understanding of core concepts, theories, and practices in psychology and law. The goal is to gather these diverse materials and make them easily accessible to instructors. The information is collected HERE as a PDF file.
AP-LS E-mail List Information
The AP-LS e-mail address list will be open to AP-LS members for research purposes only. Research purposes include solicitations for participation in a research project, Calls for Papers, and information about workshops and conferences. This mailing list will not be available for any solely commercial or for-profit venture. Only AP-LS Members and Student Members are eligible to request an electronic mailing. The text of all emails must be prepared by the Member, but will be mailed by the Web Site Editor (to prevent duplication or unauthorized release of the e-mail list).
Solicitations for Participation
All emails must have a subject header indicating "Request for participation in a research project." The text of the email must describe the purpose of the research and an explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research subjects' rights. All proposals for research must be approved by an Institutional Review Board prior to release of the mailing list. A copy of the IRB approval must be submitted to the Web Site Editor before the solicitation will be sent.
Members cannot request mailings more than once per year. There is a $150 fee for usage. Funds generated from this mailing list will be used to supplement student travel awards at the AP-LS conference and/or support activities of the Student Section.
Calls for Papers
Calls for Papers for submissions to academic journals or conferences may be sent to the AP-LS Email List at the request of an AP-LS Member.
Information about workshops and conferences may be sent to the AP-LS Email List at the request of an AP-LS Member, but only if the workshop or conference is sponsored by AP-LS or affiliated organizations such as AAFP.