March 26, 2021

Debut of the AccessLex-AASE ASP Faculty Scholarship Grant



DeShun Harris, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Director of Bar Preparation at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law and President of AASE (Association of Academic Support Educators), and Sara Berman, Director of Bar Success Programs for AccessLex Institute’s Center for Legal Education Excellence, are pleased to announce a new AccessLex-AASE collaboration and the debut of the AccessLex-AASE ASP Faculty Scholarship Grant.

AASE and AccessLex are both dedicated to the academic and bar success of law students across the nation.  An important point of this collaboration is to support the scholarship of academic support educators, especially those who are newer to the discipline and face various challenges in getting such support. Academic support centers on utilizing better teaching practices and supporting students’ ability to become successful self-regulated learners.  This grant supports scholarship by ASP faculty in any area, with academic support-related articles preferred.

Selection of Scholars:

Scholarship applications will be distributed to AASE members through the email currently provided to the organization through the website. Scholars will be selected through an application process where applicants must describe their writing topic and explain how the writing relates to their career advancement (directed toward getting tenure, seeking tenure track positions, contributing to ASP scholarship, or other considerations). Applicants need not have a track record of publications; this grant may be used to jump-start an applicant’s scholarship.

Fellowship Program for Scholars:

Upon selection, all scholars will participate in an approximately one-year fellowship program. The fellowship will include two mentors for each scholar to assist the scholar in completing a draft of an article. Scholars will be publicly announced at the annual AASE meeting in May 2021. The culmination of the fellowship will be a “Works-In-Progress” series in May 2022.

Important Dates:

  • Applications are now open. AASE members can apply here
  • Applications will be due on April 16.
  • Grant recipients will be announced at the 2021 AASE Annual Conference.
  • A grant award of $5,000 per recipient will be distributed on or near July 1.
  • Grant recipients will be given two mentors to meet with throughout the process.
  • Recipients will participate in an AASE Works-In-Progress series in May 2022.
  • Recipients will have a publishable law review draft on or before December 31, 2022.

For more information, please contact DeShun Harris at, Laura Mott at, or Cassie Christopher at, or Sara Berman at