AALS President’s Message: Modeling and Practicing Courage

By AALS President Melanie Wilson, Dean, Washington and Lee University School of Law

In January, I announced my theme for 2024—“Courage in Action.” I said in my Presidential remarks during the Annual Meeting that I would challenge myself, the leadership of the AALS, and each of our members to continue to practice and model courage.

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Journal of Legal Education Issue Examines Access to Legal Education and Current Trends

The recently released issue 71-4 of the Journal of Legal Education highlights the growth of programs and resources focused on access to legal education. Articles examine the expansion of online and clinical programs, programs for students facing financial and other barriers, and contrasting views on law school admission approaches.

Faculty Perspectives: The Experiential Sabbatical

This Faculty Perspectives article was adapted from the 2024 AALS Annual Meeting Arc of Career session “The Experiential Sabbatical: How a Semester in Practice Can Reignite Your Career and Inspire Your Students.”

Spotlight on Sections: Aging and the Law

As part of the ongoing “Spotlight on Sections” series, AALS sat down with the leadership of the Section on Aging and the Law to discuss the latest in the field and plans for the section.

Spotlight on Sections: Employment Discrimination Law

The leadership of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law discuss the latest developments in the field, section activities, and supporting the scholarship of early career professors.

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AALS Launches Webpage With Resources for New Law Professors

This spring, AALS launched a new webpage featuring resources for early career law professors. The page contains information about how to get the most out of the AALS and links to commonly used pages.

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Spring Webinars on Becoming a Law Teacher, Upcoming Supreme Court Term

AALS hosted two webinars in April: How to Become a Law Professor, which provided resources, advice, and practical demonstrations to assist potential law school teachers with the academic job market, and a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term for emeritus and retired law faculty.

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2024 Section Chairs and Chairs-Elect

A listing of AALS Section Chairs and Chairs-Elect for 2024.

AALS Selects New York Law School as Co-Host of the Journal of Legal Education

AALS is pleased to announce New York Law School (NYLS) as a new co-host law school for the Journal of Legal Education (JLE). The school will join University of California, Irvine School of Law to provide editorial leadership for the publication starting in July 2024.

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Scholarly Papers Competition

Junior scholars, jumpstart your scholarship! Law faculty who have been teaching for five years or fewer are encouraged to submit a scholarly paper to the annual Scholarly Papers competition—note that time spent as a VAP or law fellow counts toward the requirement of being a full-time educator.

2025 Annual Meeting: Call for Hot Topics Sessions

If you would like to organize your own session at the 2025 meeting without being connected to a particular section, consider submitting a proposal for a Hot Topic session. These programs, focusing on topics that emerged too late in the year to be included in other types of programs, require no set format.