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

  • ID: 4985702
  • Report
  • February 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Primary Research Group
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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 the 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 many findings 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?

Just a few of the 85-page report’s many findings are that:        

  • Law faculty and staff spend a mean of 5.63% of their total work time searching for funding for legal research and scholarship
  • Faculty under age 40 spent 16.67% of their work time seeking funding.
  • The mean value of grants obtained over the past five years by the faculty and staff in the sample was just over $100,000.
  • Private sector sources accounted for 20.54% of funding for faculty and staff from private college law schools vs. only 11.97% for those from public college law schools.

Data in the report is broken out by numerous useful benchmarking criteria such as law school ranking, enrolment size, for public and private institutions, and by personal variables such as academic title, gender, age, and even course load.

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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    
2. PARTICIPANTS LIST    

  • Characteristics of the Sample    

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS  

  • Work Time Accounted for by Applying for Grants and Seeking Funding Sources    
  • Value of Grants Received in the Past Five Years    
  • Assessment of the Office of Research and Grants’ Knowledge of Sources for Grants for Legal Scholars    
  • Assessment of the Office of Research and Grants’ Knowledge of Grant Proposal Writing    
  • Assessment of the Office of Research and Grants’ Knowledge of Available Fellowships    
  • Assessment of the Office of Research and Grants’ Offerings of Databases and other Resources to Search for Grants    
  • Assessment of the Office of Research and Grants’ Ability to Lobby for the Law School in University Funding Initiatives    
  • Rating the Current Environment for Legal Research Funding    
  • View of the Probable Future Environment for Legal Research Spending    
  • Sources of Support for Legal Research Funding    
  • US Federal Support for Legal Research Funding    
  • Private Sector Support for Legal Research Funding    
  • Other Funding Sources    
  • Number of Grants Applied for in the Past Year    
  • Use of Specific Law School and University Resources for Finding Legal Research Funding    

4. DATA AND RESPONSES TO OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS    

List of Tables
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    
Table 1.6 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 enrollment    
Table 1.7 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 1.8 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 2.1 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years?    
Table 2.2 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 2.3 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 2.4 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 2.5 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 2.6 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 2.7 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 2.8 What is the value of all grants (in US $) for legal and related research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school (or your general university office if this is one that you deal with) on the following services?    
Table 3.1.1 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars?    
Table 3.1.2 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 3.1.3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 3.1.4 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 3.1.5 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 3.1.6 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 3.1.7 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 3.1.8 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of sources of grants for legal scholars? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 3.2.1 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing?    
Table 3.2.2 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 3.2.3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 3.2.4 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 3.2.5 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 3.2.6 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 3.2.7 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 3.2.8 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of grant/proposal writing? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 3.3.1 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships?    
Table 3.3.2 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 3.3.3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 3.3.4 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 3.3.5 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 3.3.6 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 3.3.7 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 3.3.8 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on knowledge of available fellowships? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 3.4.1 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources?    
Table 3.4.2 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 3.4.3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 3.4.4 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 3.4.5 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 3.4.6 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 3.4.7 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 3.4.8 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on databases and other resources to search for grant sources? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 3.5.1 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives?    
Table 3.5.2 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 3.5.3 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 3.5.4 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 3.5.5 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 3.5.6 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 3.5.7 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 3.5.8 How would you rate the office of research and grants at your law school on the ability to lobby for the law school in university funding initiatives? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 4.1 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding?    
Table 4.2 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 4.3 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 4.4 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 4.5 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 4.6 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 4.7 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 4.8 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for legal research funding? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 5.1 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years?    
Table 5.2 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 5.3 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 5.4 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 5.5 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 5.6 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 5.7 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 5.8 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for legal research funding over the next two years? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from each of the following sources?    
Table 6.1.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments?    
Table 6.1.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 6.1.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 6.1.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 6.1.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 6.1.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 6.1.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from the U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 6.1.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. Federal government and its agencies and departments? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 6.2.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school?    
Table 6.2.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 6.2.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 6.2.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 6.2.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 6.2.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 6.2.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 6.2.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or law school? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 6.3.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies?    
Table 6.3.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 6.3.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 6.3.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 6.3.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 6.3.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 6.3.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 6.3.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 6.4.1 Funding from all other sources    
Table 6.4.2 Funding from all other sources, Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 6.4.3 Funding from all other sources, Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 6.4.4 Funding from all other sources, Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 6.4.5 Funding from all other sources, Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 6.4.6 Funding from all other sources, Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 6.4.7 Funding from all other sources, Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 6.4.8 All Other Broken out in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
In which subject areas and from which institutional sources do you feel that funding is likely to increase and in which areas is it likely to decline? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 7.1 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months?    
Table 7.2 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 7.3 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 7.4 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 7.5 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 7.6 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 7.7 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 7.8 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 8 Have you ever done any of the following? (check all that apply)    
Table 8.1.1 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding?    
Table 8.1.2 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 8.1.3 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 8.1.4 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 8.1.5 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 8.1.6 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 8.1.7 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 8.1.8 Have you ever checked the law library collection for information about legal research funding? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 8.2.1 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding?    
Table 8.2.2 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 8.2.3 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 8.2.4 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 8.2.5 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 8.2.6 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 8.2.7 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 8.2.8 Have you ever checked the general university library for information about legal research funding? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 8.3.1 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library?    
Table 8.3.2 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 8.3.3 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 8.3.4 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 8.3.5 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 8.3.6 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 8.3.7 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 8.3.8 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the law library? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 8.4.1 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library?    
Table 8.4.2 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 8.4.3 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 8.4.4 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 8.4.5 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 8.4.6 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 8.4.7 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 8.4.8 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the general university library? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
Table 8.5.1 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university?    
Table 8.5.2 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by law school ranking    
Table 8.5.3 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by Academic Title    
Table 8.5.4 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by age of survey respondent    
Table 8.5.5 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by gender of the survey participant    
Table 8.5.6 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by law school enrollment    
Table 8.5.7 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out for public and private universities    
Table 8.5.8 Have you ever used a grant or funding database offered by the research office of the law school or general university? Broken out by in the past semester how many courses did you teach?    
What can your research office or library do to better assist you in searching for and obtaining grants to support your research? Broken out by law school ranking    
What are some of the best or emerging sources of support for legal research funding? Broken out by law school ranking    

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