Established in 1996 as the LSA Book Award, and re-named in memory of Herbert Jacob, past President of LSA, the competition is open to books from all fields of, and approaches to, law and society scholarship—excluding only works of socio-legal history, which are considered for the Hurst Prize.
Herbert Jacob was the founder of the first internet book review in the field, Law and Politics Book Review. He was a creative, energetic scholar who took on a wide variety of questions and issues and a warm human being whose own work has been a major contribution to the field of law and society. The award is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.
Textbooks, casebooks, and edited collections are not eligible for the award, but monographs will be considered. Nominations are accepted from all aspects of the field and any country of origin and may include first books of young scholars and books that are capstones of long careers in law and society research and publication. Nominators must be a current LSA member (will be verified). Self nominations are accepted.
The responsibility of ensuring that a work is submitted for the most appropriate book prize rests with the nominator. As a rule of thumb, books that have a significant historical focus should be directed to the Hurst Prize, while other works of socio-legal scholarship should be directed to the Jacob Prize. A book submitted for both prizes may end up being considered for neither.
The award carries a cash prize of $500.
- To stress the restriction stated above, books eligible for the Jacob Prize may be from any field of socio-legal scholarship except history; books with a significant historical focus should be submitted instead to the Association’s Hurst Prize.
- Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
- Books must be published in English, or be English translations of original works.
- Books submitted must have a publication date during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.
- Page proofs may be sent if the book will be published soon with the proper year’s date.
- A letter of support from the nominator, including a synopsis of the book.
- Only nominations from an LSA member will be considered. Self-nominations are accepted.
- Copies of the book are required to be sent directly to the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee Members. Addresses will be provided after the nomination is submitted.
All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.