Diversity Pathway Intervention Grant Program – Mar 1

Posted by AccessLex Institute on January 30, 2024

AccessLex Institute invites applications for Diversity Pathway Intervention Grant Program

AccessLex Institute aims to foster broad-based access to quality legal education for talented, purpose-driven students and works to maximize the value and affordability of a law degree through policy advocacy, research, and student-focused initiatives.

The institute invites applications for its Diversity Pathway Intervention Grant Program, which provides funding to programs and initiatives aimed at helping college students and/or college graduates from historically underrepresented groups successfully matriculate into law school and the legal profession. The central goal of the program is to increase the knowledge base around effective methods for increasing the enrollment and success of law students from historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Accordingly, the institute seeks to fund collaborative programs that provide participants with meaningful content and experiences as well as holistic support.

The grant program will provide grants between $200,000 and $300,000 for 12 to 24 months in support of programs focused on college students and/or college graduates from underrepresented racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds. In the selection process, preference will be given to programs that focus on participants who are seeking to begin law school within two years of the start of the desired grant period and have not yet received an admission offer, focus on participants with low standardized test scores and/or grades, provided differential treatment of participants (treatment/control group methodology) for purposes of program evaluation, include relevant long-term support for participants, and collaborate with other institutions, organizations, etc.

AccessLex will review grant proposals from its member law schools and other U.S.-based nonprofit and public organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as “public” charities under section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) or to public organizations that are designated under section 170(c). Faculty, practitioners, and researchers who are U.S. citizens or residents are eligible for grants through their affiliated organization, provided it maintains a qualified tax-exempt status as described above.

Letters of inquiry will be accepted until March 1, 2024, and upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, due July 26, 2024.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the AccessLex Institute website.

Deadline: March 1, 2024 (Letters of Inquiry)

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