Benefits of Membership

The International Association of Law Schools (IALS) was incorporated in October 2005; its voting members will include educational institutions offering degrees in law. The benefits of membership are:

  • Access to Delegate Papers, minutes, reports from Previous Conferences and Meetings on our website.
  • Access to IALS membership to Groupsite – social network site.
  • Financial assistance and travel accommodations to our meetings, workshops on a need basis and/or merit.
  • Free postings on our Job Board on our website.
  • Invitation to attend our Annual Meetings, Global Law Deans’ Forum, and Regional Law Deans’ Forum.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other schools and faculty.
  • Participation in the development of curriculum and other guidelines to adapt legal education to the needs of diverse cultures and societies and be recognized as a school that subscribes to such guidelines.
  • Receiving IALS Newsletters containing articles of interest, announcements of programs at other member schools, and notices of possible exchange agreements.


Benefits for your Faculty:

  • Apply for the Visiting Professor Program.
  • Being part of a network of law schools that cooperate in various types of faculty, student, and scholarly exchange.
  • Invitation to join a Doctrinal Study Group in doctrinal faculty member’s choice.
  • Opportunity to engage in IALS’ new programs, which offer travel and work stipends.
  • Financial assistance to our events or reduced registration fee to attend our annual meeting.
  • Opportunity for faculty to post drafts of, and completed, scholarly articles on the IALS website and seek comments from colleagues throughout the world.
  • Opportunity for your faculty to participate in “by invitation only” international gatherings of leading legal educators on topics of scholarly or pedagogical interest.


Benefits for your Students:

  • Build long life friendships with their counterparts.
  • New Student Initiatives will be forming.


Who May Become an IALS Member?

IALS has both voting and non-voting members. Voting members are institutions offering legal education. Non-Voting members include individual legal educators and associations of law schools. All members are committed to the principles and mission of the Association, and to paying dues in an amount established by the Governing Board. Specific membership requirements and the membership application can be found on the IALS web site at

Each voting member has one vote in the General Assembly, which is the ultimate authority of the Association. To assure that IALS will not be dominated by law schools in any single country, the charter provides that regardless of the number of voting members from any one country, no more than 10 percent of the vote totals in the General Assembly may be from such country.

The General Assembly elects eighteen members to its Governing Board. The Governing Board consists of four officers: President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, and General Secretary/Treasurer. No country may have more than one member on the Governing Board, except that one additional person may serve as an officer.