About Access

About Access

Who We Are

Founded in 1983, Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, we work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.

Access Group has a total of 76 employees in its offices in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, and in its field offices throughout the United States. Access Group currently has $500 million in total net assets.

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What We Do

Research and Policy Advocacy

Committed to an agenda that informs and furthers access, affordability and the value of legal education, the Access Group Center for Research & Policy AnalysisSM is addressing some of the most critical issues facing legal education today. The Center generates strategic research by collecting and analyzing data, commissioning external experts, and collaborating with other organizations to publish and report on the issues most relevant to Access Group’s research priorities. The Center also serves as a primary resource for policymakers and their staff on policies impacting graduate and professional students and schools. Access Group is driven primarily by a desire for sustainable, long-term policy choices that benefit legal, and other graduate and professional education, with students taking center stage in its analysis.