Programs for Diversity

The diversity of legal education does not yet reflect the diversity of American society.  AccessLex Institute seeks to expand access to legal education for underrepresented students through research, grantmaking, data analysis, and the dissemination of information and resources. The goal is for graduating law school cohorts to reflect the diversity of the nation by 2025.



AccessLex conducts research into important and interesting questions pertaining to legal education diversity. Areas of inquiry include the efficacy of diversity “pipeline” programs; the manners in which law school admission and scholarship policies impact diversity trends; and techniques for pre-law advisors to better support prospective law students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Diversity Pipeline Programs in Legal Education: Context, Research, and a Path Forward


Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program

The Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program awards grants to current or proposed programs that provide college students and/or college graduates from historically underrepresented groups with information and resources premised on aiding their successful matriculation into law school and the legal profession. The best programs are collaborative and provide meaningful and holistic content, experiences and support, and are designed to yield measurable outcomes and scalable best practices.

Find more information on the Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program


Data Analysis

AccessLex partners with law schools and other legal education stakeholders to conduct data analyses premised on positively impacting legal education diversity. These projects tend to focus on analyzing enrollment management practices and designing admission and scholarship awarding frameworks that could maximize student diversity. Contact us at to propose a collaborative project.



AccessLex provides materials and other resources for legal education stakeholders, including pre-law advisors, law school administrators and faculty, pipeline program directors, and others who have roles in the broadly conceived processes of law school admission and matriculation.   


Roadmap to Enrolling Diverse Law School Classes


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Volume 1: Five Tactics for Increasing Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Diversity

This is the first volume of a multi-part series of guides focused on providing meaningful and actionable tactics for increasing law student diversity. The purpose of this document is to provide law schools with strategies that can serve as a roadmap for increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of their student bodies — effectively changing the face of the legal profession. 
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