Frequently Asked Questions - Annual Meeting

Most of the questions we receive about the Annual Meeting are answered in the FAQ. If you read them carefully and still can’t find what you need, contact us.


What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be made in writing and submitted no later than December 15, 2023. A refund of the full registration fee will be issued to these requests.

Cancellations received after this date, as well as no-shows to the Annual Meeting, are not eligible to receive even partial refunds of the registration fee unless there are severe extenuating circumstances such as the death or hospitalization of the registrant or a member of their immediate family or the equivalent.

Cancellation requests can be made by email or by regular mail to:

AALS Registration
c/o Erick Brown
1614 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Will there be a virtual option for this meeting?

The AALS 2024 Annual Meeting will take place in person in Washington, DC. Virtual and hybrid options for speakers and attendees are not offered. Networking among attendees, Q&A between presenters and attendees are important features of our in-person annual meeting and with the pandemic-emergency over, we are committed to a full return to in-person attendance at this January’s meeting.

What is my AALS username and password?

To register for the event, you will need a username and password. Your username is typically your school-affiliated email address. If you have never used our online registration before, check to see if you are in the AALS database by entering your email address into the Forgot Password portal.

If you are in the database, the portal will send you login instructions for creating or resetting a password. If you are not in the database, please contact AALS support.

How do I register if I do not want to pay by credit card online?

Online registration using our secure website is strongly encouraged. We also offer the option to submit a  paper registration form. We do not accept registration forms by email.

What is the deadline to register with a paper form?

All registrations submitted by regular mail or fax must be received by AALS no later than December 16. If you miss the advanced deadline, you may register online or in person when the onsite registration desk opens on January 3.

Does AALS accept payment by electronic direct deposit or wire transfer?

No, we do not accept those methods of payment.

How do members of the press register?

Registration for members of the press is complimentary. Please contact the AALS Director of Communications to request a press registration for the Annual Meeting.

How do exhibitors register?

Registration for exhibitors and sponsors will open on September 25. Exhibitors and sponsors will receive an email with instructions on how to register once their application has been processed. If you have questions about your complimentary exhibitor or sponsor registrations or need to verify you are in the AALS database, please contact the AALS Director of Development.

How can I request Access-Related Accommodations for the Annual Meeting?

Please visit the Accessibility page. Contact AALS Accommodations for assistance.

Can I get continuing education credits for attending the Annual Meeting?

AALS does not provide CLE credits. We do provide a sign-in sheet for attendees from states for whom acknowledgment of attendance at a session is sufficient. If you need verification that you attended a session, sign the Continuing Education Credit sheet at the session you are attending and request a letter of attendance after the meeting. You will need to provide date, time, and title of the session. AALS can only verify attendance for sessions where a registered attendee signs the Continuing Education Credit sheet or is listed as a speaker in the program. [email protected].

You will need to provide date, time, and title of the session. AALS can only verify attendance for sessions where a registered attendee signs the Continuing Education Credit sheet or is listed as a speaker in the program.

Consent to Use of Photographic, Video, and Audio Materials

AALS will have a photographer and videographer at special events, sessions, exhibits, and throughout the hotel common areas used for the Annual Meeting. Photos and videos taken during the Annual Meeting will remain the property of AALS and may be distributed or used in future marketing materials. Your attendance at the Annual Meeting indicates your acceptance to be photographed, filmed, or recorded, and to AALS’s use of your image, without payment of any kind, in program(s) and for other purposes designated by AALS in the future.

Do you offer a one-day or per-session/event registration rate?

Single-day registration passes are not available. Your registration fee will secure your access to the entire annual meeting.

Can I transfer my registration to another member of my law school if I’m unable to attend?

Yes. There is no charge to transfer a registration to another faculty/staff member of the same law school. Requests can be submitted until January 1, 2024.

How do I submit a registration transfer?

The person currently registered must send a transfer request in writing via email to AALS Registration, fax to (202) 872-1829, or mail to:

Association of American Law Schools
1614 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Requests must arrive at AALS by January 1, 2024 and must include a written authorization asking to cancel and transfer your registration. Include the name of the individual who will receive the registration in your place.

Group Registration

How is Group Registration different than Individual Registration?

In Group Registration, you can register on behalf of faculty/staff member(s) from your law school. You can also register multiple people at one time. Both types of registration require your AALS username and password to access. Group Registration does not include a discounted registration fee.

Who can use Group Registration?

Anyone who has an AALS account can use this method.

How do I receive my own login to register members of my law school?

If you are a professional staff member of an AALS member or fee-paid law school and do not have an AALS username, or are uncertain, please contact the Registration team.

Can I use Group Registration to register only one person?

Yes. The benefit of this registration method is that one member of a law school’s faculty/staff has the ability to perform the registration for other members – even a single other person.

Is there a limit on how many people I can register with Group Registration?

There is no limit, but we have found that more errors occur with larger groups. We recommend that you register large groups in batches of 5 people at a time. Register the first five, then log out with the Login/logout link in the bottom right corner (do not use the link in the top right corner) and log back in to register. This clears the system and reduces chances of errors. Please note it may take a couple of minutes to move from screen to screen.

Can I use this method to register myself?

Yes. Simply choose your name under the “Add Registrant” option. However, if you are only registering yourself, it is easier to use Individual Registration.

What is Group Registration?

The “Register multiple people” button at the top of the page will bring you to Group Registration. This method allows one user to register someone else, or to register multiple attendees at a time. For more information, please visit the FAQ page.

How do I add someone to my school if their name does not appear in the Group Registration system?

First contact your Dean’s Office to ensure that the faculty/staff member is listed on your school’s AALS Roster. For further assistance with this process please email Support.

Do individual faculty/staff members receive notification that I have registered them?

Yes, they receive a copy of their personalized invoice and hotel instructional emails. This is sent automatically by the AALS registration system.

Can I have a copy of the registration invoice(s) sent to my email account?

Yes, there is a place to insert your email address to receive a copy of both the itemized invoice and the hotel instructional emails.

Why is the credit card billing address already filled out?

Because it refers to your school’s billing address with AALS, which may not be tied to the credit card you are using for payment. Do not change this address. It will not cause your credit card to be declined.

Why do I receive the error “Item Not Found” when I press Submit on the payment screen?

Because the credit card information is incorrect. It does not mean the card has been declined. It means it has not been found. Double check that the card information is entered correctly and submit again. If you continue to receive this error, please contact the Registration team.

For further questions about refunds, cancellations, or substitutions, contact AALS Registration.


I’m mailing in my Annual Meeting registration. When should I expect my hotel instructional email?

Your registration confirmation and hotel instructional emails will be sent in 2–3 weeks, after your registration has been fully processed.

Is there a guarantee required for the hotel? If so, is it refundable?

A valid credit card with an expiration date of January 2024 or later is required to secure your room reservation. Credit cards will not be processed prior to your arrival.

How do I reserve a room if I’m sharing it with a colleague or bringing family members?

Designate one person to make the online hotel reservation. List all occupants when making the reservation, including children and their ages. Children under the age of 18 may stay free of charge in a parent’s room. There is an additional charge of $20 per person, per night for more than two adults (age 18+) sharing a room. You should notify the hotel at check in if any of the guests in your room are under age 18 and exempt from the extra person charge.

What should I do if I can’t locate my hotel instructional email?

First, check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, email the Registration team to have a copy re-sent to you.

How can I request Access-Related Accommodations?

Indicate the accommodations needed in the section titled “Special Accommodations” when making your hotel reservation.

Beware of Housing Pirates and Poachers!

Maritz Global Events is the only company that handles AALS Annual Meeting hotel reservations for the 2024 Annual Meeting. In the past, registrants have sometimes been contacted with offers for cut-rate housing from companies impersonating AALS or presenting themselves as an alternative to Maritz. These offers are not valid.

When AALS secures guest rooms at hotels for our Annual Meeting (commonly referred to as room blocks), we research the properties to make certain that our attendees will be adequately accommodated. The room block is established to ensure that guest rooms meet our standards and are offered at the discounted price.

Don’t be misled! If you are contacted by anyone trying to sell you a room for the Annual Meeting, please do not make a reservation or provide a method of payment. We ask that you get as much information as you can about the caller and pass it on Mary Cullen, Associate Director of Meetings.

Sessions & Programs

Section Programs

Most programs at the Annual Meeting are planned by sections.  The majority of programs are 1 hour 40 minutes in length. There are a few extended programs scheduled for a half day or full day.

  • Section Call for Papers Programs include at least one presenter selected from a call for participation.
  • Section Co-Sponsored Programs are organized by two or more Sections.
  • Section Joint Programs are planned cooperatively between two or more Sections, and Sections participating in a joint program do not typically plan a separate independent program
  • Section Pedagogy Programs are designed for new law school teachers.
  • Section Works-in-Progress are programs where senior scholars assist junior scholars in preparing their scholarship for submission to law reviews.

AALS Programs

AALS programs are a variety of formats, selected by the AALS Program Committee from calls for papers:

  • Discussion Groups are unique programs in which a small group of discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (by invitation or selected from a call for participation) conduct focused discussion on a specific topic.
  • Hot Topic Programs are programs with late-breaking issues of general interest.
  • Open Source Programs are traditional scholarly programs that do not fit into any of the other program categories.
  • Symposia are half-day or day-long opportunities to examine a specific issue topic in greater depth than is possible during a regular panel program.

Arc of Career Programs

Selected by the AALS Committee on Arc of Career Programs, these programs are specifically designed to help law faculty with professional development over the course of their law school careers from pre-tenure, to reinvention at mid-career, to retirement.