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LSAC Research Grant Program

Possible Research Topics

The program welcomes proposals for comparative studies that further understanding of legal training and legal practice both in North America and globally.

  • Access to legal education
  • Who enters the profession and why
  • Why students choose law school
  • What determines which law schools students attend
  • How students are channeled into law school
  • How law schools decide whom to admit, especially the non-LSAT, non-GPA components of those decisions
  • The qualities, apart from LSAT score and undergraduate GPA, that are associated with success in law school
  • How changes in the policy related to affirmative action have affected law school admission, climate, and curricula
  • How social and academic backgrounds affect the experience of legal education
  • The economics of legal education
  • Effects of different teaching methods
  • Studies of teaching methods for some of the new and nontraditional courses (e.g., courses in quantitative methods, alternative dispute resolution, etc.)
  • Why students choose particular courses, and what, if anything, their choices have to do with their career directions
  • The effects of new technologies (e.g., computer-assisted research, electronic casebooks)
  • How new and nontraditional courses and new types of courses are introduced into the curriculum
  • How students decide what kinds of jobs to take
  • How students are channeled into practice settings
  • The factors that determine who enters, remains in, or leaves different areas of law practice
  • Student careers from college to first job
  • The conditions and methods that enable students to learn most effectively in law school
  • How legal education changes students cognitively, socially, and behaviorally

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