Frequently Asked Questions - Annual Meeting

The 2021 AALS Annual Meeting will be held virtually rather than in person. While we are disappointed that we are unable to meet in San Francisco, we are excited about the opportunities for innovation provided by a virtual format.

The 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.

How do I register for the Meeting?

Click on the “Register Now” button at the top of this page. If you are faculty or staff at an AALS member or fee-paid school, we have created an account under your school email address. Please click the “Lost password” link to create your password and login to your account. If you do not have an account, please contact us at to create your account. Once you have logged in and filled out the registration form, if your school is participating in the school rate, you should see a fee of $0. If your school is not participating in the school rate, you will see the individual registration rate of $295. We have further information about the registration process on the OpenWater site.

Who is eligible to register under the law school registration rate?

The law school registration rate covers individuals whose primary affiliation is the law school. This includes most faculty and professional staff at the school.  It does not include adjunct faculty.

When does registration close?

You may register for the Annual Meeting through the last day of the meeting. However, we strongly recommend that you register by December 31 especially if you are a professional staff member or your school has not paid the law school registration rate.

Please note that some program sessions have limited space; if you register and create your personal schedule late, you may be placed on a waiting list.

When is the cancellation deadline for those who pay the individual rate?

Cancellations must be emailed to AALS Registration by December 17, 2021. A refund of the individual registration fee, minus a $50 processing fee, will be issued to individuals who paid for their own registration. No refund requests will be honored after this date.

Registration substitutions are welcome and can be submitted up until January 3, 2022.

What if the registration portal shows me the wrong rate?

If you are a faculty member or administrator at a school that has opted to pay the school registration rate and you believe you are being charged an individual rate in error, please confirm that you are using your school email address to register. If you are still seeing the wrong rate, please contact AALS Registration.

What platform partners are we using?

AALS has chosen a team of technology partners to help us execute an accessible and seamless meeting experience. The virtual Annual Meeting is being held on the OpenWater conference platform using Zoom meeting technology.

When will the program be available?

The program is available now. Sessions and speakers will be updated regularly. Be on the lookout for more details in the coming weeks.

What is the registration fee for the meeting?

If your school is participating in the school rate, you will see a fee of $0 when you register. If your school is not participating, you will see the individual registration rate.

If you are a faculty member or administrator at a school that opted not to accept the school registration rate, if you are with an international law school, or if you are not affiliated with any law school, you may register individually at a rate of $295.

Do you need accommodations for accessibility?

Send an email to AALS Accessibility with details about your request.  Requests must be received by 12 pm ET, December 31. More information can be found on the Accessibility page.