The Association of American Law Schools is, as its name states, an association of law schools. Membership signifies that a law school has met the rigorous requirements specified in the AALS Bylaws and Executive Committee Regulations.
Member schools are reviewed every seven years. In preparation for a site visit, a school will complete the AALS questionnaire. This questionnaire seeks information relevant to the core values of the AALS that will assist the AALS reporter, Membership Review Committee, and Executive Committee in the membership review process. The AALS membership review process is meant to complement, and not duplicate, the ABA’s accreditation process. Our questionnaire, therefore, focuses on the core values of AALS. At least twenty (20) days before the site visit, please send the AALS and the site reporter your completed questionnaire.
The AALS sends a reporter in conjunction with the ABA site team visit. This reporter writes a separate report that focuses on information pertaining to the core values of the AALS. The AALS Membership Review Committee uses this report, along with the completed AALS questionnaire, to assess a school’s compliance with AALS membership requirements and core values.
For more information on the Membership Review process, please consult materials from the Site Evaluation Workshop at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting.
A member school that contemplates a significant change in its operation should report its plans and undergo review. A significant change in operation means a major institutional change, including, but not limited to, the following: creating a new full- or part-time Juris Doctor program; creating a new division; establishing a branch or other separate location; relocating a school’s principal campus to a new and substantially different site; transferring in whole or part of the school and its program to a new entity; merging with a university or education entity that had not previously been affiliated with the school; creating or affiliating with a related or subsidiary education entity to provide legal education; or closing a school or a related or subsidiary education entity.
For more information on reporting a Change of Operation, please see Executive Committee Regulation 8.2.
For information about the membership application process, including staff review and the responsibilities of the consultant on readiness, please email Membership Review.
Bylaw and Executive Committee Regulations pertaining to membership, interpretive principles related to membership requirements, and memoranda summarizing membership procedures are below.
Membership Application Information (PDF)
Interpretive Principles to Guide Religiously Affiliated Member Schools as They Implement Bylaw 6-3 (a) and Executive Committee Regulation 6-3.1
AALS Questionnaire (2018-2019) (Word)
AALS Annual Meeting Site Evaluation Workshop Materials
ABA Section of Legal Education