Join 189 law schools in discovering more about legal education from your students' perspective.

LSSSE is based on decades of research on effective educational practices related to desirable learning outcomes. Survey items represent empirically confirmed 'good practices.'

LSSSE gathers information from law students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.

Law schools receive valid, reliable information about the quality of the law school experience to help identify what is going well and what would benefit from more attention.


LSSSE results point to aspects of student and institutional performance that law schools can use to set benchmarks and chart progress towards goals.

Law Schools receive results in the form of custom tailored reports, comparative findings, and raw data. Statistical comparisons with custom peer groups add meaningful context for assessment and research purposes.

LSSSE is a valuable assessment tool, especially in a climate of reform. By providing valid and reliable data, LSSSE can help administrators and faculty move beyond anecdotes and assess impact in a systematic way.

LSSSE aligns closely with ABA Standards, particularly the mandate that schools assess student learning outcomes. LSSSE is centered on the concept of student engagement, a commonly cited proxy for student learning. Law schools receive an Accreditation Toolkit with their results, which outlines timelines and strategies for using LSSSE in the accreditation and review process. The Accreditation Toolkit maps survey questions to specific ABA Standards.

For a more complete description of LSSSE, see our article,"The Law School Survey of Student Engagement: Helping Law Schools Understand What's Working (and What's Not)," The Bar Examiner, Vol. 81, No. 2, pp. 14-22, June 2012.

LSSSE Annual Results Released (February 2015)

LSSSE's Annual Results explore three themes this year, drawing on data gathered in 2014 from over 21,000 students at 70 law schools:

  • The experiences of first-generation college students who go on to attend law school
  • Overall student perceptions of the quality of student services
  • The extent to which students are exposed to diverse people and viewpoints
The report is introduced by Catherine L. Carpenter, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School.