Programs for Diversity and Success
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.
AccessLex Institute’s interest in law school access as a research priority begins with the proposition that there is substantial value in having a diverse student body with respect to the composition of law school. Diversity is defined broadly as an individual’s unique characteristics. Characteristics of diversity include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and socioeconomic status. The substantial value of achieving a diverse student body includes:
- Providing all students with an enhanced educational experience
- Developing a student body that better reflects the demographics of the United States
- Preparing students to perform after school by building their capacity to interact with people of diverse backgrounds
- Meeting the demand from the legal profession to achieve a diverse workforce
Through grants to support diversity pipeline programs, research on the advocacy and value of diversity in higher education, and outreach to institutions of higher education, students, and other stakeholders, the programs for diversity and success intend to help historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds matriculate and succeed in law school. AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence programs for diversity and success will also help member institutions pursue a diverse and inclusive institution that embraces, promotes, and engages the varying thoughts, abilities, needs, perspectives and backgrounds of its students and the legal community.
Awarding Grants to support diversity pipeline programs
The Diversity Pipeline Grant Program is an annual grant competition designed to support effective interventions and approaches to enhancing access to law schools for historically underrepresented minorities and students from economically disadvantaged populations.
Performing Research on the advocacy and value of diversity in higher education
Diversity research efforts include performing analyses, commissioning external reports and collaborating with other organizations to examine the advocacy and value of diversity in legal education.
Conducting Outreach to institutions of higher education, students and other stakeholders
Diversity outreach efforts include facilitating opportunities for institutions of higher education, students, and other stakeholders to share information and research, and developing communities of learning related to diversity in legal education.