Survey of Law School Faculty & Staff: Trends in Funding for Legal Research & Scholarship, 2020 Edition

Survey of Law School Faculty & Staff: Trends in Funding for Legal Research & Scholarship, 2020 Edition

The private sector, including foundations and other non-profits and private companies, accounted for a mean of 16.38% of research funding. This form of funding was especially important for younger faculty and staff; for those from 30-39 years of age, private sector funding sources accounted for 68.67% of total funding. Also, it was important for women, accounting for 27.28% of funding vs. only 10.05% for men. Bigger schools tended to have more success than smaller ones; for respondents from schools with fewer than 500 students, private sector sources accounted for only 11.44% of total funding but for those with from 601-1,000 students, it was 21.56%. Respondents from private college law schools had more luck than those from public college law schools; for respondents form the former, private sector sources accounted for 20.54% of funding vs. only 11.97% for public colleges.


This study is based on responses for 96 faculty and staff from more than 60 law schools in the USA and Canada. The report presents detailed data on the amount of time faculty and staff spend in pursuing funding, the results of their searching, and the sources of funding. Survey participants also comment on their use of specialized databases and other resources to find funding, with specific data on use of general university library resources, law library resources, and general university or law school research office resources. The study helps its readers to answer questions such as: how many grants have faculty applied for? How much finding have they brought in? What do they think of the help that they are receiving from their university and law school research offices, or from the general university or law school library? How satisfied are they with the services of the research office? What is the outlook for legal research funding in the future? What percentage of funding comes from the US Federal Government, private sources, or the parent university?

Table 1.1 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?
Table 1.2 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by law school ranking
Table 1.3 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by Academic Title
Table 1.4 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by age of survey respondent
Table 1.5 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by gender of the survey participant

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