Plans for the 2021 Annual Meeting - Annual Meeting

Given the risks posed by COVID-19, and considering feedback gathered from faculty and deans across the country, AALS has decided to hold the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in a virtual format rather than in person. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to meet in San Francisco, we are excited about the opportunities for innovation that a virtual format provides without the need for travel or hotel arrangements.

AALS remains committed to delivering quality professional development programs to all faculty and administrators who wish to attend our events. In pursuit of greater accessibility for more diverse groups within legal academia, we are offering a school registration rate rather than only an individual registration for the 2021 meeting. This one-time fee structure will enable all faculty and administrators from participating schools to attend any of the meeting’s sessions.

Individual attendees at schools that opt not to accept the school registration may register at a rate of $295—a more than 40 percent reduction from the rate for the 2020 in-person meeting.

The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held on the same dates previously scheduled: Tuesday, January 5 through Saturday, January 9, with sessions taking place each day between 11 am—7 pm Eastern/ 8 am–4 pm Pacific. The preliminary program will be released in the coming weeks, and will include sessions in a variety of formats that cover pressing legal issues and emerging perspectives on law and legal education, organized by AALS Sections as well as from calls for proposals. Several programs will be also organized under AALS President Darby Dickerson’s theme, “The Power of Words.”