Frequently Asked Questions
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Application System Questions
How do I get to the online application system?
You may access the online application system using this link. You will also find a link to the online application system in the application policy and on the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence® website.
Am I required to create an account in the online application system to submit a proposal?
Yes. All applicants must create an account in the online application system prior to submitting a proposal. This is a one-time registration process.
I submitted grant application materials last year. I am interested in submitting new materials this year. Do I need to create a new account?
No. You will not need to create a new login and password. Once logged in, please make any necessary updates to your contact information.
Eligibility and Process Questions
How do I know if my organization is eligible?
AccessLex will review grant proposals from non-profit educational institutions and other nonprofit and public organizations which are classified as tax-exempt. Faculty, practitioners and researchers are eligible for grants through their affiliated organization, provided the organization maintains a qualified tax-exempt status. Please review the application policy eligibility section for the exact Internal Revenue Code tax-exempt designations.
If I am a member of a for-profit organization are we eligible to apply for a grant?
No. AccessLex will not review proposals from for-profit organizations.
How can I find my organization’s Tax ID Number (TIN)/Employer ID Number (EIN)?
Please contact your organization’s finance office to receive your Tax ID. Your organization’s Tax ID number is required to submit an application.
Will we be given access to examples of successfully funded proposals?
Examples of successfully funded proposals can be found here. You can filter by Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program to see only awards made under this program. These proposals are provided for informational purposes only. Alignment with form and/or content should not be seen as a guarantee of funding.
Will the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence accept more than one proposal from an organization?
If my organization submitted a proposal to another AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence grant program, are we eligible to submit a proposal to the Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program?
Yes. AccessLex will consider all proposals that fit within the scope of the grant program and meet other eligibility requirements.
How many awards does the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence® expect to make for the Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program?
The number of funded proposals varies from year to year, based largely on the quality of proposals. In 2017, two proposals were fully funded.
Program Guidelines and Priority Questions
Is there priority given to programs that have been funded in the past?
The AccessLex Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program awards grants to current or proposed programs that conduct effective interventions to enhance access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Quality programs will be equally considered whether current or new programs.
What types of partnerships and collaborations are you looking for in a proposal?
We encourage applications from programs that display a collaborative approach and strong partnerships with other organizations to achieve the goal of enhancing access to legal education. Meaningful collaborations with and between member institutions, existing pipeline programs, proposed pipeline programs and other supporters of legal education diversity are acceptable.
Can the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence help facilitate partnerships and collaborations with other organizations?
We will do our best to help facilitate collaborations and partnerships between organizations committed to enhancing access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking to identify partnerships and collaborations.
Does the project have to run for at least 6 months?
We seek to fund programs that take an intensive approach to improving the diversity pipeline. We believe a program commitment of no less than 6 months will reflect the intensity of programs we seek to fund. The grant period of performance includes the planning, implementation, and evaluation stages of the program.
What stages of the pipeline does this grant program fund?
The Diversity Pipeline Research Grant program seeks to fund 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.
My organization is interested in performing evaluations of existing diversity pipeline programs. Is this grant program for us?
Yes. Evaluations must be well-designed in order to be funded.
Are stipends for students permitted as a part of the proposed budget?
AccessLex would like grant awards to support pipeline program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Student stipends must be well-justified and should not account for a disproportionate portion of the proposal budget.
How does the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence define project goals, objectives and outcomes?
Project goals are broad. For instance, a goal might be to increase diversity in legal education.
Project objectives are narrow and student-centered. Project objectives answer the question, “What will students be able to do after the conclusion of this project?” For example, a project objective might be that students will be able to describe the key stages of the law school application process.
Project outcomes are specific and measurable. As an example, a project outcome might be that 80% of program participants will increase their LSAT score by an average of three points over the course of the program. Outcomes should be tied directly to project objectives showing how applicants will assess the growth and progress of their students.
It is common for applicants to have multiple goals, objectives and outcomes.
Are there any general tips for writing strong proposals?
AccessLex compiled the following recommendations that we believe will help improve future proposal submissions for all applicants:
- Provide clear goals, objectives and outcomes that, while related to one another, are distinct.
- Ensure that the proposed project aligns with AccessLex Institute's priority of funding 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.
- Write clearly and concisely; anticipate readers’ concerns and address them.
- Review the application policy closely to ensure the proposed project adheres to all guidelines provided in the application policy and familiarize yourself with the deadlines.
- Conduct a final review of the application to ensure all information typed or pasted in to the online application system appears accurately in the desired format, and ensure that you have answered all required questions.
- As stated in the application policy, measurement and evaluation are essential components for demonstrating the effectiveness and scalability of interventions. We recommend applicants identify a member within their team with experience conducting project evaluations or, if appropriate, enlist an evaluation consultant to manage the project evaluation. Applicants may also consider allocating specific resources, 5 -10% of your program budget, to support the project evaluation.