Since launching our grantmaking activities in 2014, we have awarded over $19 million in support of our research priorities: access, affordability, and the value of legal education.
- Bar Success Intervention Grant Program
- Bar Success Research Grant Program
- Directed Grants Program
- Diversity Pipeline Intervention Grant Program
- Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program
- Financial Education Research Grant Program
- Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program
- Research and Dissertation Fellows Program
- Unsolicited Grants Program
Michigan State University College of Law
Grant Title: Michigan State University College of Law Pathway to the Legal Profession Program (MSUCOL PLPP)
The program will prepare participants to successfully apply for law school admission in Michigan. The program’s purpose is to redress the decrease in the enrollment of underrepresented students in law school exacerbated by Proposal 2 which forbade the consideration of race in admissions decisions. The program will support undergraduate Michigan residents attending Michigan public institutions who are underrepresented in law. Key partners will include local and national bench and bar leaders.
DC School of Law Foundation
Grant Title: Bar Exam Stipend and Training Program (“The BEST Program”)
Through a collaborative effort aimed at identifying the factors that place students at risk on the bar exam, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law will launch the Bar Exam Stipend and Training Program (BEST). BEST, an intensive 10-week preparation program, will equip students with a customized study plan, an accountability coach, practice tests, wellness check-ins, and a weekly stipend leading up to the bar exam.
University of Miami
Grant Title: The Relationship Between Curriculum Selections and Bar Exam Sub-scores
This project analyzes the impact of taking courses in bar-tested areas and performance in those areas on the bar exam, helping law schools to better understand factors contributing to bar success. Florida is an ideal state for this work as the Florida bar reports sub-scores in topics allowing us to compare taking specific courses (e.g., wills) and performance on that subset of bar questions (e.g., wills scores). Additional items will also be studied (GPA, LSAT, transfer status, etc.).
Grant Title: Legal Education Advancing Diversity (L.E.A.D)
The LEAD Program has one mission; to increase diversity in the legal profession by helping underrepresented students navigate one of the most difficult parts of the legal pipeline: gaining admission to law school. Through its comprehensive year-long program, LEAD provides: 1) high quality, rigorous LSAT preparation; 2) law school admissions workshops; 3) individual success coaching meetings and advising throughout the application process; and 4) an attorney mentor program.
Grant Title: Assessing the Impact of Cohort Structure on First-Time Bar Pass Rates
This project hypothesizes that implementing a cohort structure for recent law school graduates who use Helix Bar Review while studying for state bar exams will result in improved bar passage rates for these first-time test takers. Project results will inform legal education literature as well as other ongoing studies and activities to improve passage rates and may, depending on cohort size, provide insight into the disparity currently seen in the passage rates of underrepresented populations.
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Grant Title: The “Law as Influence, Law as Change"
The “Law as Influence, Law as Change” program seeks to increase the participation of historically underrepresented and minoritized students in the Four Corners region attending Utah State University Blanding ("Blanding") in Blanding, Utah. The program would sponsor students for a four-week learning experience. In the first two weeks, they will receive instruction at the Blanding site. The final two weeks will take place on campus and in-residence at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Western New England University School of Law
Grant title: Bar Exam Stipend and Training Program (“The BEST Program”)
The Bar Exam Stipend and Training Program (BEST) is an intensive 10-week preparation program that will equip students with a customized study plan, an accountability coach, practice tests, wellness check-ins, and a weekly stipend leading up to the bar exam.
The State Bar of California
Grant Title: Investigating the Benefits of Live Remote Proctor of Bar Exam
The State Bar seeks to evaluate the benefits of live remote proctoring (LRP) for the First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX). Previous remote FYLSX’s have been proctored relying on software recording and AI-based monitoring. This project will evaluate if LRP, 1) reduces false positive violations; 2) lessens login and other technology issues examinees encounter; 3) improves overall test experience for examinees.
The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
The project proposes AccessLex fund 10 law schools' participation in The NALP Foundation and NALP’s U.S. Law School Alumni Employment and Satisfaction Study, for a three-year period: 6 HBCU law schools and 4 other new law schools with significant populations of under-represented groups. The additional data from these schools’ alumni will enhance the study’s inclusivity, providing important new insights for the profession, and the new participating schools with actionable data and benchmarking.