The AALS Annual Meeting, held in early January each year, is the largest gathering of law faculty in the world. Over 3,500 law teachers, librarians, and law school administrators from member schools, non-member schools, and law schools of other nations attend the Annual Meeting. The address at the Association Luncheon and the Presidential Programs are among the highlights of the Annual Meeting program. Most of the four-day Annual Meeting is devoted to programs organized and presented by AALS Sections. Day-long workshops on subjects of interest to a broad cross-section of legal education and extended section programs are held on the first day of the Annual Meeting. The winner of the AALS Scholarly Papers — a competition for scholars with five or fewer years experience in full-time law teaching — presents his or her winning paper during the Annual Meeting. In addition, a number of Section programs are constructed using a Call for Papers. Exhibits of publications, electronic media and other products of interest to law faculty and staff are on display. A selected number of Poster Sessions by law teachers on research and teaching offer the opportunity for authors to present in clear and succinct fashion the thesis and conclusion of their research or to describe teaching innovations outside formal program presentations. Many other legal education organizations hold meetings or programs in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Meeting, and law schools hold receptions for graduates and friends. The Annual Meeting is also an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues from different law schools around matters of common interest.
The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the Association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.” This goal is furthered in a number of ways, including professional development programs for law professors and administrators, a complement of over 90 sections organized by faculty and senior administrators, and a membership process that is designed to further the core values of the Association. The AALS serves as the academic society for law teachers with an Annual Meeting that constitutes the largest gathering of law faculty in the world. The AALS is legal education’s principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations and learned societies. The AALS also encourages collaboration with law professors on a global level, and has provided seed funding and continuing staff support for the International Association of Law Schools, an independent organization created with the help and encouragement of the AALS.