ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education

The ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education was appointed by ABA President James R. Silkenat in May 2014. The task force is charged with looking at the cost of legal education for students, the financing of law schools, student loans, and educational debt. It will also consider current practices of law schools regarding the use of merit scholarships, tuition discounting, and need-based aid.

  • Task Force Hearings

As the Task Force begins its work, it wants to gather information, data, and a wide set of views related to its charge.  Overall, the Task Force aims to understand (a) the principal cost drivers of legal education and costs might be contained; and (b) the key mechanisms used by students and law schools to cover those costs. 

The Task Force’s first meeting will be Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The Task Force will hold public hearings both days, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street. Saturday’s hearing will be held in the Republic Ballroom B on the 2nd level. Sunday’s hearing will be held in Public Garden on the 4th level.

If you wish to appear at these hearings to offer your views, raise questions, and make suggestions on the many and varied matters involved in the broad subject of financing legal education, a limited number of slots are still available. Please contact Barry Currier, Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education (barry.currier@americanbar.org; 312.988.6744). We will do our best to accommodate your schedule. 

You may also submit written comments to the Task Force. Comments may be emailed to Barry Currier: barry.currier@americanbar.org.

  • Task Force Members