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The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is a non-profit organization of 166 law schools in the United States. Another 23 schools are "non-member fee paid" schools, which are not members but choose to pay AALS dues. Its purpose is to improve the legal profession through the improvement of legal education. It also represents the interests of law schools towards the U.S. federal government and other national associations of institutes of higher education. It was formed in 1900. A nonprofit organization (sometimes abbreviated to not-for-profit, non-profit, or NPO) is an organization whose primary objective is to support some issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... // A law school is an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Legal education is the education of individuals who intend to become legal professionals (attorneys and judges) or those who simply intend to use their law degree to some end, either related to law (such as politics or academic) or unrelated (such as business entrepreneurship). ... This law-related article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The AALS requires its members to follow a nondiscrimination policy regarding "race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation," and for member law schools to require this of any employer to which it gives access for recruitment. Some schools with particularly strong religious objections to homosexuality choose not to become AALS members for this reason. The word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings over time. ...


The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was seen by the AALS and its members as impermissible discrimination. However, the AALS has excused its members from blocking access to the military since the passage of the Solomon Amendments, which denied federal funding to the parent university of a law school as well as the school itself if military recruiters are not given full campus access. The AALS has engaged in litigation challenging the Solomon Amendments as violative of the First Amendment. In an ironic note, The Judge Advocate General's School of the United States Army is a fee-paying nonmember of AALS. Dont ask, dont tell is the common term for the current U.S. military policy which implements Public Law 103-160, codified at 10 U.S.C. Sec. ... The 1996 Solomon Amendment is the popular name of 10 U.S.C. § 983, a United States federal law that allows the Secretary of Defense to deny Federal grants (including research grants) to institutions of higher education if they prohibit or prevent ROTC or military recruitment on campus. ... The first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. ... Judge Advocate Generals Corps, also known as JAG, is the judicial arm of the United States armed forces, consisting of autonomous departments in the Air Force, Army and Navy. ... The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


The Association holds an annual conference, rotating its location among several large U.S. cities, among them San Francisco, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Its January 2006 conference was originally scheduled to be held in New Orleans, but in the intervening months the devastation of Hurricane Katrina forced AALS to relocate the conference to Washington, D.C. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa) Damages $75 billion (2005 USD) (costliest Atlantic hurricane in history) Fatalities ≥1,605 Areas affected Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana (especially Greater New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle, most of eastern North America Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season Hurricane Katrina was the costliest...


External links

  • AALS official site
  • List of AALS members
    • Fee-paying non-members

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American University was established in the District of Columbia by an Act of Congress approved on February 24, 1893, primarily as a result of the efforts of Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903).
American University agrees to operate as an integral part of the University a law school to be known as the Washington College of Law of American University, which name shall be maintained for so long as the University continues to operate a school or college of law.
The law school shall be governed by a Board whose members are dedicated to the maintenance of a sound educational institution, possess the capability of participating in the formulation and development of such an institution, and have no financial interest in the operation of the law school.
Association of American Law Schools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (277 words)
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is a non-profit organization of 166 law schools in the United States.
Some schools with particularly strong religious objections to homosexuality choose not to become AALS members for this reason.
However, the AALS has excused its members from blocking access to the military since the passage of the Solomon Amendments, which denied federal funding to the parent university of a law school as well as the school itself if military recruiters are not given full campus access.
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