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Bar Success Intervention Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations and Law Schools
for Programs to Increase Rates of Bar Exam Success

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

09/14/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and law schools for programs to increase the rates of students who pass the bar exam. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for successful programs that are focused on students most at-risk for failing the exam and that can be scaled and replicated.

The Bar Success Intervention Grant Program provides funding to programs and interventions aimed at helping increase bar exam passage rates among students and/or graduates most at-risk of not passing. The central goal of the Bar Success Intervention Grant Program is to increase the knowledge base about effective bar exam success programming that is scalable and replicable.

To be fundable, programs must:

  • Focus on law students and/or graduates most at risk of not passing the bar exam or institutions with ultimate bar examination passage rates that fall below 70%
  • Include clear statements of program goals and tangible and measurable objectives
  • Include an evaluation plan

Programs that also encompass the following optional elements will be given preference in the selection process:

  • Differential treatment of participants (treatment/control group methodology) for purposes of program evaluation
  • Relevant long-term support for participants
  • Collaboration with other institutions, organizations, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195980

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Term of Contract:

Programs must have a duration of 12‒24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AccessLex will review grant proposals from its member law schools and other U.S.-based nonprofit and public organizations which are classified as tax-exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and as “public” charities under § 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code or to public organizations that are designated under § 170(c) of the Code. 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.

No relatives (defined for this purpose as parents, children, spouses, siblings or in-laws) of Officers or Directors of AccessLex are eligible to apply for a grant.

Grant funds may not be used for religious, lobbying, political activities or to support litigation.

AccessLex does not make grants directly to individuals or to for-profit organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 pm ET there will be an informational webinar, Deep Dive into the AccessLex Bar Success Grant Programs. This session will discuss the purpose, scope and requirements of the Bar Success Intervention Grant Program and even provide insight on drafting a strong proposal.


Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Review Schedule:
- Letters of Inquiry Accepted: Between May 1 and May 31, 2021 (11:59 pm ET)
- Proposal Invitation Notification: On or before July 31, 2021
- Full Proposal Deadline: September 14, 2021 (11:59 pm ET)
- Funding Invitations Announced: On or before November 15, 2021

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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AccessLex Institute
10 North High Street
Suite 400
West Chester, PA 19380

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