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
The State Bar of California
This grant allows the State Bar of California to build on studies performed in 2017 to address the state's bar exam passage rate and other matters related to the exam. In 2017, the State Bar of California conducted a series of tests to evaluate various components of the California Bar Exam, including the pass line and the alignment of the subject matters on the exam in relation to the expected knowledge and skills of entry-level attorneys.
To read more, please visit AccessLex Institute Awards Grant to State Bar of California for Job Analysis Study
University of Massachusetts
This grant supports a study of students’ social networks that will examine whether certain connections are associated with law school success. The project will focus on whether students from diverse backgrounds lack access to key social connections and to what extent network inequality accounts for disparities in legal education outcomes.
Georgia State University
A $50,000 research grant has been awarded to Andrea Curcio, Professor of Law, to determine whether law schools will choose a test option if it becomes available and if that option is not available, how much weight should be given to the LSAT or other standardized tests in the admissions process.
A $50,000 research grant was awarded to Kevin Escudero, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, to examine post-college educational trajectories of undocumented students.
University of Houston
A $46,722 research grant was awarded to Frank Fernandez, Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, to examine gender and race intersectionality in public law school admissions and enrollment.
The Pennsylvania State University
A $25,000 dissertation grant was awarded to Ya-Chi Hung, Graduate Assistant, to examine what shapes students’ graduate degree aspirations.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
A $49,816 research grant was awarded to Ryan Wells, Associate Professor with the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, to explore how the lack of affordability and positive aspirations for further education may play a role in disproportionate access to graduate and professional education.
New York University
A $49,973 research grant was awarded to Liang Zhang, Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, to evaluate the overall impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on graduate and professional school attendance among veterans, as well as its potentially heterogeneous impact across veteran groups of different age, gender, race/ethnicity, and disability rating.
A $86,603 grant was awarded to Emory University to measure the institutional efficiencies in producing student outputs for legal education. The project will use American Bar Association data and the Analytix tool, to develop a method of ranking schools based on a sophisticated conception of outputs and value-added.