The field of rural law is a growing subfield in legal scholarship, and more law schools are offering courses on rural legal issues. But you don't have to think of yourself as a rural legal scholar to find this field applicable to your own teaching and research. Assembled below, by subtopic, are collections of readings and resources that could easily slide into syllabi on topics ranging from voting rights to immigration.
I have gathered many articles relevant to rural legal issues here by topic. This is not an exhaustive collection by any means. I welcome your suggestions for additional materials.
***This resource collection was inspired by Mitra Sharafi's South Asian Legal History Resources website. I also benefited greatly from consulting the syllabi of other legal scholars teaching rural law courses, including Ann Eisenberg, Amanda Kool, Hannah Haksgaard, and Lisa Pruitt.
***A different kind of acknowledgment and caveats: First, many of the resources listed in this section are behind paywalls, which means many of the resources here will be most useful to those who have institutional access to library databases. But many, especially those listed under Rural Media Resources, are more widely available. Second, the readings have been added into subfields to make them easier to access. Many could, and perhaps should, be listed in more than one category, so don't be afraid to look at categories outside your topic of interest. Last, a word of caution, especially for any students using this site: I have endeavored only to provide enough citation information such that authors are acknowledged and their work can be found with a bit of searching. Citations here take shape in a blend of Chicago Style and Bluebook, reflecting my own position at the intersection of law and history.