The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way. Projects will be funded for amounts up to $200,000.
The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames.
Possible topics can address a broad range of issues. Although the program welcomes research on a variety of topics, three topics are of particular interest.
- Research on Pipeline Issues and Access to Law Schools for Minority Populations
- Research on Access to Law School for Students with Disabilities
- Research on Law School Academic Assistance Programs
LSAC is moving from a twice-yearly grant cycle to an annual cycle. Any applications received by Feb. 1, 2014, will be reviewed. After that, Aug. 15 will be the annual deadline. (I asked for this clarification from LSAC when I saw Feb. 1 and Sept. 1 deadlines on SSRN but only Aug. 15 on LSAC’s own site.)