Call for Abstracts - Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2024

The 6th Annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference.  February 29-March 1, 2024.  Hosted by the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice

Call for Abstracts - CLSC 2024

If you would like to workshop an unpublished paper, please submit HERE by September 8, 2023: (1) a title, (2) a brief abstract that includes an explanation of how your article relates to other published work and advances the field, and (3) an outline of the article.  

Your abstract should, among other things, situate your paper within existing legal scholarship in a manner that is sufficient for the members of the Organizing Committee to appreciate both the genesis of your project and its contribution to the field. The more the Committee knows about your paper, the better able we are to assess whether this is the right year to include it in the program. Full drafts are welcome, but definitely not required.

Everyone – regardless of previous participation – is encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration.  However, please note that it is CLSC policy to prioritize authors whose work was not presented the preceding year.

We welcome doctrinal, theoretical, and empirical approaches. Potential topics include the full breadth of issues involving consumers in the marketplace: common law contracts and products liability; UDA(A)P and disclosure laws; food, drug, and health law and policy; consumer lending, credit reporting, and fintech; loan servicing and debt collection; cryptocurrency; commercial speech and the First Amendment; federalism, preemption, and sovereign immunity as related to consumer transactions; regulation, supervision, and enforcement by public agencies; private enforcement; advertising; application of consumer laws to nontraditional areas like criminal justice, domestic violence, and immigration; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic; artificial intelligence; and other topics whose study may advance the field.

Examples of submissions from previous years showing the appropriate format may be found here

Please upload your abstract and outline as a single PDF (preferred) or Word Doc file.

Please name your file as follows: [Submitter Last Name]_[Paper Title]_CLSC 2024 submission

We plan to inform authors whose submissions have been accepted by early November. Drafts of complete papers (for workshop discussion) will be due January 26, 2024 We reserve the right to cancel a session if a draft paper is not sufficiently developed or provided sufficiently in advance for meaningful review by participants.

Dates and Deadlines:

September 8, 2023: Abstract + outline submissions due

November 2023: Authors notified of paper selections

November 2023: Registration for conference opens

January 26, 2024: Complete paper drafts due

January 26, 2024: Registration for conference closes

February 29-March 1, 2024: Conference


Feel free to contact Ted Mermin (, and/or conference logistics coordinator Ben Hiebert (