AALS is currently collecting information for the 2017-2018 Directory of Law Teachers print publication. If you are a dean, tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, or an emeritus faculty member, you may view and edit your biographical entry at dlt.aals.org.
Your username should be the same as your school email address. If you receive an error that says “Failed to Login,” please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Directory of Law Teachers
1. How do I become a member of AALS?
Schools, rather than individuals, are the members of the Association. AALS member and fee-paid law schools provide lists of their faculty and professional staff who are affiliated with their particular school to the AALS. This list is referred to as the school Roster and is managed by the dean’s office or other designated law school staff member. Additions or changes to the Roster are automatically reflected in the AALS database.
If an individual is in our database, they are able to take advantage of the following AALS services:
- Registration for AALS meetings at AALS member rates (Annual Meeting, Workshop for New Law Teachers, and the Conference on Clinical Legal Education)
- Sign up for AALS Sections. AALS Sections are interest groups comprised of faculty members and professional staff of AALS member schools. (Others interested in joining a Section may do so as associate members.) Sections present programs at the AALS Annual Meeting, provide newsletters for their members, and conduct other activities of interest to their members, such as mentoring programs, exam exchanges, directories, and listservs.
- Sign into the AALS website for members-only information
2. How much does it cost to be a member?
Schools, rather than individuals pay AALS membership fees. Some AALS services such as meeting registration, mailing list rentals, services related to the FAR and FRC, and Clinical Section membership do have associated fees.
3. I am not affiliated with an AALS member or fee-paid law school but still want to attend an AALS meeting or sign up for an AALS section. How do I do that?
Depending on the circumstance, AALS administrators can still add you to the AALS database. If you have questions about signing up for an AALS meeting, please contact email@example.com. If you have questions about signing up for an AALS section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that section members not associated with an AALS member or fee-paid law school are considered “Associate Members.”
4. What is the Directory of Law Teachers (DLT)?
The DLT is a yearly AALS publication and is the most widely used “desk book” of deans and law teachers. The directory lists AALS member and fee-paid law schools, and contains biographical sketches of more than 10,000 law school deans, tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, and emeriti faculty. The directory also provides separate listings of these faculty members by subject matter taught, by those who identify as members of minority groups, and by those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It also contains a listing of professional staff and faculty administrators according to their professional role in academic affairs, admissions, alumni affairs, development, placement and student services. The book is available in print only at this time.
5. How do I get listed in the DLT?
The Roster works hand in hand with the Directory of Law Teachers (DLT). When individuals are added by law school dean’s offices to their school Roster, their position type is also listed. If a person is designated by their school as the dean, or a tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, or emeritus faculty member, they are asked to complete a biographical profile for the DLT. They may make changes to their profile throughout the year at dlt.aals.org. This data is collected in the fall of each year to create the annual DLT publication.
6. May I still take advantage of AALS member services even if I am not listed in the DLT?
Absolutely. Individuals who are listed in their school Roster as adjuncts, fellows, VAPs, short-term contracts, other teachers, or professional staff may still take advantages of AALS’ many services. If you are affiliated with an AALS member or fee-paid law school and are listed on your school’s Roster, and by extension the AALS database, you still have full access to AALS sections, meetings, and the member portal of www.aals.org.
7. Why was I listed in the DLT in the past but am no longer listed?
Since 2012, AALS has expanded our categories of faculty members beyond the biographical sketches of ‘faculty’ and ‘professional staff.’ Currently only full-time faculty are given biographical sketches in the DLT. The law school dean, as well as tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, and emeriti faculty are considered full-time faculty. These designations are made via the Roster by the law school dean’s office or designated personnel.
8. I recently changed my name, law school affiliation, or contact information. How do I update my record?
If you have recently changed schools, please contact email@example.com with your name, new school email, title, and the start date of your new affiliation. If you have a change to your name or contact information, please feel free to make these edits directly at dlt.aals.org
9. My DLT biography is wrong or doesn’t look like it appeared in the past? How do I fix it?
We have recently revised our online data collection platform. We no longer accept updates via paper submission. In doing so, we hope to streamline the process and improve the user experience. However, some information might have been lost with the data transfer to the new platform. Please feel free to make edits at dlt.aals.org or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. You might also notice that the new system automatically lists entries in every category by descending chronological order of end-date, from most recent to least.
10. How often should I update my DLT biography?
You are welcome to change your biography at any time during the year or whenever changes occur. Please note that data collected for the printed DLT will be collected on an annual basis each fall. Email reminders will be sent out at that time.
11. How do I access the DLT online?
The Directory of Law Teachers now features an online search function. This is a password protected search only available to deans as well as tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, and emeritus faculty members when they sign into www.dlt.aals.org. Search features include name, school, subjects taught, and tenured status. Individuals will have the opportunity to adjust their privacy settings to reflect the amount of information they would like to make available online.
12. I just tried signing into dlt.aals.org and I receive an error. How do I log in?
Reasons for errors are varied.
You might receive a ‘Failed login’ error if you have recently changed email addresses, if you are not a full-time faculty member, if you have entered the wrong password, if you are using Google Chrome and have not cleared your cache, or if you accidentally copied an extra space in your username or password. Please contact email@example.com for assistance. We are happy to help.
If you are in the system but have not updated your biography in the last two years, you might encounter an error that says: You need to register your email account and password.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a new confirmation email to enter the new DLT portal. We ask that you register a password even if you have used a password in an AALS system before. Feel free to use the same one you have listed in the past, if applicable.
Click the link in the newest email that says: Please follow this link to register your AALS password and to edit your biographical information.
It will ask you to enter or create a password twice and you’ll be entered into the system.
After you have registered your password, you should be able to sign back in again for any future revisions at dlt.aals.org. Your username will be your school email address or the email address you have provided to your school’s dean’s office.