Grantee Research

 

Through various grant programs, AccessLex Institute provides funding for research that focuses on its core research priorities of access, affordability and value of legal education, and that complements its research and data collection activities.

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Submissions from 2023

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The Influence of Metacognitive Skills on Bar Passage: An Empirical Study, Jennifer A. Gundlach and Jessica R. Santangelo

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Building Belonging: Proven Methods to Decrease Attrition and Best Serve Law Students, Leila Lawlor

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Report on the "Survey of Perspectives on Being a Lawyer", Jerome M. Organ

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Putting the Bar Exam to the Test: An Examination of the Predictive Validity of Bar Exam Outcomes on Lawyering Effectiveness, Jason M. Scott, Stephen N. Goggin, Rick Trachok, Jenny S. Kwon, Sara Gordon, Dean Gould, Fletcher S. Hiigel, Leah Chan Grinvald, and David Faigman

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Investigating the Benefits of Live Remote Proctoring, State Bar of California

Submissions from 2022

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American Law School Dean Study, Association of American Law Schools

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The Pro Bono Penalty: Extracurricular Activities and Demographic Disparities in Bar Exam Success, Chris Birdsall and Seth Gershenson

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Who Watches the Watchmen? Using the Law Governing Lawyers to Identify the Applicant Duty Gap and Hold Bar Examiner Gatekeepers Accountable, Ashley M. London

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An Access and Equity Ranking of Public Law Schools, Christopher L. Mathis

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The Secret Sauce: Examining Law Schools That Overperform on the Bar Exam, Christopher J. Ryan Jr. and Derek T. Muller

Submissions from 2021

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Promoting Graduation Outcomes for Racially Minoritized Law School Students: Examining the Role of Finances, Racial Representation, and Prestige, Nicholas A. Bowman, Nicholas R. Stroup, and Solomon Fenton-Miller

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The Enrollment of Racially Minoritized Students in Law School: Factors Predicting Within- and Between-School Variation, Nicholas A. Bowman, Nicholas R. Stroup, and Solomon Fenton-Miller

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JD-Next: A Randomized Experiment of an Online Scalable Program to Prepare Diverse Students for Law School, Katherine C. Cheng, Jessica Findley, Adriana Cimetta, Heidi Legg Burross, Matt Charles, Cayley Balser, Ran Li, and Christopher Robertson

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JD-Next: A Valid and Reliable Tool to Predict Diverse Students’ Success in Law School, Jessica Findley, Adriana Cimetta, Heidi Legg Burross, Katherine C. Cheng, Matt Charles, Cayley Balser, Ran Li, and Christopher Robertson

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Closing the Law School Gap: A Collaborative Effort to Address Educational Inequities Through Free, Asynchronous Tools, Steven Foster, Melissa Hale, Nicole Lefton, John Mayer, Laura Mott, and Allie Robbins

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Does a University's Enslavement History Play a Role in Black Student-White Faculty Interactions? A Structural Equation Model, Juan C. Garibay and Christopher Mathis

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The Effect of the Uniform Bar Examination on Admissions, Diversity, Affordability, and Employment across Law Schools in the United States, Manuel S. González Canché, Taylor K. Odle, and Ji Yeon Bae

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Examining the Determination, Consistency, and Variation of Law School Cost of Living Estimates, Willis A. Jones

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Access to Graduate School: A Quantitative Study of Interest in Selective MBA Programs, Chad I. Losee

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Mindsets in Legal Education, Victor D. Quintanilla and Sam Erman

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Undergraduate Financial Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors: The Impact of Financial Life Skills Course on College Students, Cliff A. Robb and Somalis Chy

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Exploring the Impact of Test-Flexible Admissions on Law School Diversity and Selectivity, Kelly Ochs Rosinger, Karly S. Ford, Julie Posselt, and Junghee Choi

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Factors Associated with Graduate and Professional Students' Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Krista M. Soria and Bonnie M. Horgos

Submissions from 2020

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2020 AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium Presentations, AccessLex Institute

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The Effects of Demographic Mismatch in an Elite Professional School Setting, Christopher Birdsall, Seth Gershenson, and Raymond Zuniga

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Do I Belong at This Law School?: How Perceived Experiences of Bias, Stereotype Concerns, and Social Capital Influence Law Students' Sense of Belonging, Elizabeth Bodamer

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The Value of Legal Education as a Continuum of Personal & Collective Gains: Insight from Administrators & Latinx Students Across Differently-Ranked Law Schools, Andrés Castro Samayoa and Raquel Muñiz

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Immigrant and International College Students' Learning Gaps: Academic and Sociocultural Readiness for Career and Graduate/Professional Education, Jaekyung Lee, Namsook Kim, and Mengchen Su

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Building a Better Bar: The Twelve Building Blocks of Minimum Competence, Deborah Jones Merritt and Logan Cornett

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Evaluating Productive Mindset Interventions that Promote Excellence on California’s Bar Exam, Victor D. Quintanilla, Sam Erman, Mary C. Murphy, and Greg Walton

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Examining the Relationship Between Law School Rank and Student Engagement, Louis M. Rocconi and Austin Boyd

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Examining the California Cut Score: An Empirical Analysis of Minimum Competency, Public Protection, Disparate Impact, and National Standards, Mitchel L. Winick, Victor D. Quintanilla, Sam Erman, Christina Chong-Nakatsuchi, and Michael Frisby

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A Five-Year Retroactive Analysis of Cut Score Impact: California’s Proposed Supervised Provisional License Program, Mitchel Winick, Victor D. Quintanilla, Sam Erman, Christina Chong-Nakatsuchi, and Michael Frisby

Submissions from 2019

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Measuring Law Student Success from Admissions Through Bar Passage: More Data the Bench, Bar and Academy Need to Know, Andrea A. Curcio, Hong Jiang, Mary Lu Bilek, Jessica Gabel Cino, and Allie Robbins

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"Education, Not Deportation": A Pilot Study of Undocumented Student Experiences in Law and Medical Degree Programs, Kevin Escudero, Rachel E. Freeman, Tina M. Park, and Vania Pereira

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Examining Gender and Race Intersectionality in Public Law School Admissions and Enrollment: A Multi-Institutional Analysis, Frank Fernandez, Hyun Kyoung Ro, and Miranda Wilson

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Diversifying Graduate Education: The Need to First Understand What Contributes to Graduate Degree Aspiration Changes During College, Ya-Chi Hung

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A Preliminary Study Looking Beyond LSAT and LGPA: Factors During the Bar Study Period That May Affect Bar Exam Passage, Hong Jiang, Andrea A. Curcio, and Kim D'Haene

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A Study of the Relationship Between Law School Coursework and Bar Exam Outcomes, Robert R. Kuehn and David R. Moss

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Analyzing Law School Choice, Christopher J. Ryan Jr.

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Measuring Institutional Efficiencies in Producing Student Outputs for Legal Education, Justin C. Shepherd

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Graduate and Professional Education for Students with Disabilities: Examining Access to STEM, Legal, and Health Fields in the United States, Ryan S. Wells and Suzan Kommers

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Evaluating the Impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on Veterans' Graduate School Enrollment, Liang Zhang

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Aspirations and Decisions to Enroll in Graduate Programs: A Literature Review of Contributing Factors, Liang Zhang and Zackary Harris

Submissions from 2018

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Before the JD: Undergraduate Views on Law School, Association of American Law Schools and Gallup

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Law Student Success and Supports: Examining Bar Passage and Factors That Contribute to Student Performance, Amy N. Farley, Christopher M. Swoboda, Joel Chanvisanuruk, Keanen M. McKinley, and Alicia Boards

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Predicting Law School Enrollment: The Strategic Use of Financial Aid to Craft a Class, Heeyun Kim, Meghan Oster, Natsumi Ueda, and Stephen L. DesJardins

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Dollars and Sense: Student Price Sensitivity to Law School Tuition, Amy Y. Li

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The Paradox of Minority Attorney Satisfaction, Milan Markovic and Gabriele Plickert

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The Effect of Title IX on Gender Disparity in Graduate Education, Nayoung Rim

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Law Student Debt: Changes from 2008 to 2012 and Implications for the Future, Karen L. Webber and Rachel A. Burns

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Equality at the Starting Line? Gender- and Race-Based Differences at the Transition from Law School to the Legal Profession, Yonghong Jade Xu

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The Contracting Market for Law School Admissions in the United States, Robert Zemsky

Submissions from 2017

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The Perennial (and Stubborn) Challenge of Cost, Affordability, and Access in Legal Education: 'We Will Continue to Muddle Through', Stephen Daniels

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Foundations for Practice: Hiring the Whole Lawyer: Experience Matters, Alli Gerkman and Logan Cornett

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An Empirical Examination of the Bennett Hypothesis in Law School Prices, Robert Kelchen

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Attorneys' Career Dissatisfaction in the New Normal, Milan Markovic and Gabriele Plickert

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Are Law Degrees as Valuable to Minorities?, Frank McIntyre and Michael Simkovic

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Net Tuition Trends by LSAT Category from 2010 to 2014 with Thoughts on Variable Return on Investment, Jerome M. Organ

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If You Build it, They Will Come: What Students Say About Experiential Learning, David I. C. Thomson and Stephen Daniels

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The Rising Tide of Graduate Student Debt: Evidence of Change 2008 to 2012, Karen L. Webber and Rachel Burns

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Market Analysis for Law School Admissions, Robert Zemsky, Patricia Burch, and Richard Morgan

Submissions from 2016

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Examining Sex and Ethnoracial Differences in Graduate School Enrollment, Mark E. Engberg, Gregory C. Wolniak, Radomir R. Mitic, and Andrew French

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Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient, Alli Gerkman and Logan Cornett

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Does the Bennett Hypothesis Hold in Professional Education? An Empirical Analysis, Robert Kelchen

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Law School Prices and the Enrollment of Students from Different Racial Backgrounds, Amy Y. Li

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Value of a Law Degree by College Major, Frank McIntyre and Michael Simkovic

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Market Research on Law School Student Aid Award Letters and Shopping Sheet Information, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

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Assessing the Viability of Race-Neutral Alternatives in Law School Admissions, Eboni S. Nelson, Ronald Pitner, and Carla D. Pratt

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Implications of Attrition from Graduate Education to Labor Market Outcomes, Hironao Okahana and Ziyan Bai

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The Role of Community College Attendance in Shaping Baccalaureate Recipients’ Access to Graduate and Professional Education, Xueli Wang, Yen Lee, and Kelly Wickersham

Submissions from 2015

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Borrowing Smarter or Borrowing More? Investigating the Effects of a Natural Experiment in Federal Loan Policy, Manuel S. González Canché

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Estimating the Effect of Losing the Federal Loan Subsidy on Debt Accumulation for Law and Professional Students in the United States: Evidence from a Natural Experiment, Manuel S. González Canché and Jason C. Lee

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More Money, More Opportunities: The Impact of a No-Loan Program on the Post-Baccalaureate Enrollment Decisions of Low-Income and First-Generation Students, Dennis A. Kramer II and Justin C. Ortagus

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Timing Law School, Frank McIntyre and Michael Simkovic

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A Value-Added Ranking of Law Schools, Christopher J. Ryan Jr.