Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2019) — The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has been awarded a grant from AccessLex Institute for up to $375,000 to support research on legal education and professional development for law schools and deans.
The three-year grant will support research conducted by AALS for the benefit of law school students, faculty, deans and the legal profession. In addition, AccessLex will provide sponsorship support for the Deans’ Forum at the AALS Annual Meeting, where law school leaders discuss current and emerging issues in legal education and connect with one another on ways to address the challenges they face. Part of the AccessLex award is in the form of a challenge grant that will match contributions from law firms and others outside the legal academy in an effort to improve services to the Association’s nearly 200 member and fee-paid institutions.
“AALS is deeply grateful for the support and visionary leadership from AccessLex Institute for investing in the institutions that are foundational to the rule of law,” said Judith Areen, Executive Director of AALS. “This multi-year grant will benefit both the nation’s law schools and their deans. We look forward to enhancing excellence in legal education together.”
“AccessLex Institute is committed to identifying ways we can positively influence legal education and the legal community on the whole,” stated Christopher P. Chapman, AccessLex Institute President and Chief Executive Officer. “Offering these grant resources to bolster the very important work being done by AALS embodies that commitment.”
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 179 member and 18 fee-paid law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve its many communities–local, national and international.
About AccessLex Institute
AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to helping talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional. In partnership with its nearly 200 Member law schools, improving access and positively influencing legal education have been at the heart of the Company's mission since 1983. AccessLex Institute has offices in West Chester, PA, and Washington, D.C., with a team of accredited financial education counselors based throughout the United States. Learn more at AccessLex.org.