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Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Educational Institutions
to Support Disadvantaged Students Pursuing Legal Education

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AccessLex Institute

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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA educational institutions and nonprofit organizations for programs that assist underrepresented students in pursuing a legal education. LOIs are due March 31. Funding may be requested for new or existing programs that provide college and graduate students with the information and resources they need to succeed in law school and enter the legal profession.

The best programs are collaborative and provide meaningful and holistic content, experiences and support, and are designed to yield measurable outcomes and scalable best practices.

This program encourages applications from programs that display a collaborative approach and strong partnerships with other organizations to achieve the goal of enhancing access to legal education.

AccessLex Institute recommends applicants review a paper commissioned by AccessLex Institute titled Diversity Pipeline Programs in Legal Education: Context, Research, and a Path Forward, prior to submitting an application. The paper provides recommendations for leaders and supporters of legal education diversity pipeline programs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180868

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must request funding of no less than $25,000 and no more than $125,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must propose a grant period of performance between 6 months and 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AccessLex Institute will review grant proposals from nonprofit educational institutions and other nonprofit and public organizations which are classified as tax-exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) or as “public” charities under § 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code, as well as public organizations that are designated under § 170(c) of the Code.

Faculty, practitioners and researchers are eligible for grants through their affiliated organization, provided that the organization maintains a qualified tax-exempt status as described above.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted through AccessLex Institute’s online application system.

AccessLex Institute accepts and reviews LOIs, and informs applicants whether they will be invited to submit a full proposal according to the schedule provided below.

-Letters of Inquiry Accepted: March 1 through March 31
-Proposal Invitation Notification: Prior to May 31
-Full Proposal Deadline: June 30
-Funding Decisions Announced: On or before September 30

To learn more about diversity pipeline programs, characteristics of successful programs, and the need for better evaluation of programs, read Diversity Pipeline Programs in Legal Education:

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