Administering The LSSSE Survey


Timeline and Fees


Administering LSSSE

LSSSE staff handles all aspects of the survey, from the first invitation issued to your students to the delivery of custom tailored reports. We customize your survey administration to achieve valid, reliable data. Once your results arrive, we’ll help you translate data to action.

1. Register

Annual registration for LSSSE begins in September and closes in mid-January. By completing the registration process, you will signal your compliance with LSSSE’s participation agreement.

2. Prepare for Survey Administration

The LSSSE interface is a secure, online portal that allows schools to prepare for their LSSSE administration and monitor progress.

LSSSE will ask you to submit a student population file that includes basic demographic and contact information for all eligible JD and LLM students at your law school. You will also customize the email messages that we send to students inviting them to complete the survey.

3. Survey Administration

Once LSSSE has received these materials, we do the rest. Invitations and follow-up reminders are issued to students via email, and we collect the data electronically. Students will receive no more than 5 contacts from us. Once a student has completed the survey, or declined to participate, we send no further contacts. The survey takes students about 15 minutes to complete. You can track your survey administration and real-time response rates on the LSSSE interface while the survey is in the field. If students are slow to respond, LSSSE also provides promotional materials, webinars and tips to help generate interest in the survey.

4. Receive Reports

LSSSE analyzes your survey data and issues a detailed report along with user tools and guides in July. To see examples of the reports and tools schools receive click here.

Participation Agreement

By participating in the LSSSE, law schools will agree to the following:

  • LSSSE staff will use the LSSSE data in aggregate for national reporting purposes and other legal education initiatives (e.g., scholarly papers).
  • LSSSE may also make data in which individual institutions cannot be separately identified available to researchers interested in studying the law school experience.
  • Your law school can use your own LSSSE data for institutional purposes.
  • LSSSE results specific to each law school and identified as such will not be made public by LSSSE except by agreement between LSSSE and the law school.