Member Grants, Scholarships and Prizes

NNLSO Members may be eligible for a number of scholarships, grants and prizes outlined below.

If you have any ideas on  how grant money would be helpful/beneficial to you, please contact us.

NNLSO Research Grant Program

NNLSO is pleased to offer research grants of up to $2,000.00, in support of the creation of publishable research papers for our NNLSO Newsletter.  The NNLSO Research Grant Program provides funds to members of the organization to assist NNLSO and the law school community in gaining needed quantifiable information that can be used to inform those who make significant decisions regarding legal education.

Of particular interest are proposals for research in the area of Bar Passage data collection and reporting.  NNLSO will also consider other topics, and encourages interested parties to submit proposals.

Research grants are intended to help recipients cover the direct costs of research projects, including temporary assistance, printing, postage, and preparation of papers and reports. In addition, the Grant will also provide a stipend for the grant recipient.  Grants are not awarded for program start-up expenses for a particular law school, doctrinal studies, or projects that involve experimental activities. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed and the quality of the research designs.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should include a full description of the nature of the project and its relevance.  Completed projects should conform to the guidelines below.

  • Manuscripts for research articles should be no longer than 3,500 words.
  • All submissions must be sent as an attachment via e-mail.
  • References should be formatted in author-date style and follow guidelines provided on page 526 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, published by the University of Chicago Press. A list of references should appear at the end of the article. Text citations also follow the author-date format; examples may be found on page 641 of the Manual. For more information or for samples, please contact the editor.
  • In addition to being placed in the manuscript, the data for essential tables and charts should also be included in a separate Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet) file.
  • Articles are accepted for publication with the understanding that the editors reserve the right to edit for clarity and style.
  • Authors whose manuscripts are selected for submission will be asked to submit a short biographical statement and an abstract of their article, both no more than 35 words.
  • Do not submit articles that are under consideration for publication in another periodical.

Proposal Submissions

Submit manuscripts, letters, and direct inquiries to:

Theresa Gallo, NNLSO Executive Director

Drexel University Kline School of Law

3320 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Telephone: 215.571.4716


NNLSO reserves the right to withhold project funding if progress reports are not submitted on time. Project milestones and executive summaries may be posted on the NNLSO website. NNLSO expects that authors will adapt their work for publication in the NNLSO Journal, as needed. Recipients are also asked to acknowledge NNLSO’s support of their projects in all written and oral presentations.

Annual Conference First-Time Attendee Grants

Annual Conference First-Time Attendee Grants

The National Network of Law School Officers (NNLSO) is committed to the professional development of its members. NNLSO First-Time Attendee grants are available to encourage attendance at the annual NNLSO meeting held in conjunction with the AACRAO annual conference.

  • Awarded to applicants who have never attended the annual conference.
  • Grants are competitive and are intended to offset some of the cost of attending the annual meeting.
  • The deadline for submitting the 2022 application for First-Time Attendee Grant was February 9, 2022. The application period is now closed.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the application form and send it to the address below. You must include an explanation as to why you are requesting the grant; a statement addressing why you should be selected; and a letter from your Dean supporting your application.



For more information or to submit an application by mail, please contact:

Theresa Gallo, NNLSO Executive Director

Drexel University Kline School of Law

3320 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Telephone: 215.571.4716



Grants for a Regional Meeting

NNLSO encourages regional meetings of member schools to get to know each other and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Up to $1,000 is available to defray expenses associated with these meetings. If you are interested in hosting a regional meeting at your school, please contact GaeLynn Kuchar, who chairs the Standing Committee on Membership and Outreach, or any member of that committee to propose a date and a budget for the meeting, as well as a list of the member schools that will be invited to participate. The Membership and Outreach Committee will then submit the proposal to the NNLSO Treasurer for appropriate action.

Click here to find the list of members of the Standing Committee on Membership and Outreach and their contact information.

Vanguard Prize

The Vanguard Prize recognizes the outstanding contributions of a member who is transforming academic services through:

  • Innovative Service
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Effective Administration.

The NNLSO Executive Committee awards the Prize to recognize excellence and the innovative accomplishments of our colleagues in Records and Registration positions. The $500 award is earmarked for professional development related to the recipient’s office in any form that the recipient school approves.

Award Recognition

The recipient is recognized at the annual NNLSO Business Meeting, which is held during the AACRAO conference. The recipient will be spotlighted in NNLSO publications, including the NNLSO web site, and he or she will also receive a copy of the letter of commendation from the NNLSO Executive Director to the Dean of the recipient’s law school.

Award Eligibility

Nominees must be current NNLSO members in good standing as of November 1, 2019. They must have held a Records and Registration position for five years. NNLSO Executive Committee members are not eligible for the award during their terms on the Board.

Members who nominate other members should, in addition to focusing on the individual’s achievements as outlined above, should also indicate how the nominee has had a positive impact on his or her professional life.

Award Nomination Process

  • Fall 2019 Solicit nominations from membership through outreach email to full membership list.
  • January 20 Deadline for submission of nominations to the Chair of the Membership and Outreach Committee.
  • January 20 Nominations and Elections Committee recommends a short list of candidates to the Executive Committee.
  • January 25 Executive Committee approves the short list.
  • January 25 Executive Director contacts the nominees by telephone or email to let them know they have been nominated; to share with them what the award criteria are and what the award recognition entails; to ask for confirmation that they want to move forward with the election process; and to inform them that the Executive Director will contact their Deans to request a letter of recommendation.
  • January 28 Communication from Executive Director to Deans, requesting a letter before February 11.
  • February 15 Share letters with Executive Committee for review and comment.
  • February 20 Executive Committee selects a winner.
  • February 20 Notify recipient.
    • Notify the Dean about the recipient.
  • March/April Announce the winner at the AACRAO conference.

Nominations for the 2022 Vanguard Prize should be sent to GaeLynn Kuchar ( .