Why Lawyers and Law Students Should Participate
Demand: Pro bono and public interest lawyers lack the time to fully explore new potential legal interpretations and strategies.
- Practitioners working to advance causes in the public interest need research and writing on a broad range of issues, but lack time to supervise students doing research.
- Even with the time to dig through law reviews, practitioners would find few applications of most scholarship to projects immediately at hand.
- Students often struggle to find good research topics for their academic writing requirements.
Supply: Students do thousands of hours of faculty-supervised research and writing each year, most of which disappears into filing cabinets.
- Independent research projects are a graduation requirement at most law schools.
- Students are eager to apply lessons from the classroom to “real world” issues.
- Faculty responsibilities include supervising student research and writing.
- Student research is often outstanding but remains untapped because only a miniscule proportion of student papers are ever published.
The Solution is ACS ResearchLink: Connecting Law Students and Lawyers Committed to Justice
- ACS ResearchLink informs law students and professors of specific research needs identified by public interest advocates and practitioners and offers national visibility to student research on social justice issues.
- ACS ResearchLink helps perennially overtaxed public interest advocates better serve their clients and causes by creating a new library of resources for policymakers, as well as civil and criminal justice lawyers.
- ACS ResearchLink multiplies the number of students engaged in social justice issues.
- ACS ResearchLink provides a new avenue for collaboration between the legal academy and profession.
If you have any questions, please read the FAQ and contact ResearchLink@ACSLaw.org with any that remain.