AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence® is committed to understanding the barriers that impede access to law school for historically underrepresented groups and improving access to law school for all; identifying actionable strategies and public policies to increase law school affordability; and strengthening the value of legal education.
AccessLex Institute collects and analyzes data, commissions external experts and collaborates with other organizations to publish and report on the issues most relevant to our research priorities affecting legal education:
- Improving ACCESS
- Increasing the AFFORDABILITY
- Strengthening the VALUE
AccessLex Institute focuses on tracking legislation and regulations with the potential to impact students and the legal education community. We provide policy analysis, information dissemination and issue education to Member law schools and other graduate and professional school staff, and we develop policy positions on key issues affecting access, affordability and value.
As a core tenet, AccessLex Institute believes that legal education should be obtainable for all talented individuals regardless of circumstance. Through diversity-focused programming, research, advocacy and grantmaking, we seek to expand access to legal education for historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In support of our research and diversity priorities, our grantmaking approach focuses on funding projects that have the potential to “move the needle” in legal education. Measurement and evaluation are essential components for demonstrating the effectiveness and scalability of interventions and are key factors when deciding what grants we make.
Legal Education Data Deck
AccessLex Institute offers this 2017 Legal Education Data Deck for the use of the legal education community, policymakers, and others interested in viewing a snapshot of certain data and trends organized around the three driving principles of AccessLex Institute’s research agenda: access, affordability and value.
Who Goes to Graduate School and Who Succeeds?
This brief is the first in a series addressing questions about enrollment and success in graduate school, funding of graduate students, the conceptual differences between undergraduate and graduate students, and the data available to address these questions.
From the Bachelor's to the Bar
To assess the law school pipeline, this research examines college completion data to determine whether the awarding of bachelor's degrees in the majors that have historically been most popular among law school applicants has waned in recent years.