Programs for Academic and Bar Success

Academic and Bar Success Programming Overview

AccessLex Institute believes that legal education should be obtainable for all talented individuals regardless of circumstance. Through our academic and bar success programming, research, advocacy, and grantmaking, we seek to materially and measurably increase both access to legal education and levels of success in and beyond law school, particularly for minorities and economically disadvantaged populations.  A primary focus of this mission includes increasing first-time bar exam passage nationwide.

Research

The Bar Success Research Grant Program supports well-designed studies of the bar examination. Examples of study focus include:

  • effective predictors of bar success;
  • bar exam test design and/or efficacy; and
  • successful study methodologies.

Proposals focusing on other relevant aspects of the bar exam are welcomed. We are particularly interested in proposals that seek to inform efforts to increase passage rates among populations most at-risk of not passing on the first attempt as well as proposals that are designed to yield findings that are scalable and replicable. 

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit our Bar Success Grant Program webpage.

Programming and Networking Opportunities

AccessLex hosts and sponsors national and regional events for academic success professionals and for all stakeholders in the legal education community who are dedicated to bar exam-related issues.  Recent events include:

  • The Inaugural Bar Research Forum in Washington, D.C.: In April 2018, an historic gathering of leaders, thinkers and educators shared ideas about bar exam issues from differing perspectives within the legal education community.  This was an unprecedented convening of law school administrators, doctrinal faculty, bar regulators, exam designers and academic support professionals whose goal was to identify research necessary to both improve the bar exam itself and to increase bar pass rates. 
  • Regional networking events were hosted in New York and Washington D.C. in the spring of 2018.  AccessLex will convene similar programs throughout the nation in 2018 and 2019, including fall 2018 events in Midwest and West Coast locations. 
  • AccessLex will sponsor the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) annual conferences in St. Louis in 2018 and in Seattle in 2019.

Contact us at sberman@accesslex.org if your law school is interested in hosting an upcoming regional networking event. Visit our event sponsorship page to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Data Analysis

AccessLex research analysts are working with organizations and institutions to assist in analyzing data that will inform changes in academic and bar success intervention efforts.  Contact us at sberman@accesslex.org to propose collaborative projects and be considered to receive assistance in your research and/or data analysis efforts.