AccessLex Provides Emergency Relief Funds for Law Students

AccessLex Institute, a national nonprofit aimed at assisting law students with legal education and professional success, gifted the University of Mississippi School of Law with $25,000 in emergency relief funds for law students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has completely changed our way of life,” Dean Susan Duncan said. “Our students are facing many new financial pressures and as a student-centered program, we are obligated to help in any way we can. We are grateful that AccessLex has generously provided us with a way to help our students most in need.”

The gift is part of the $5 million fund AccessLex created, allowing nonprofit, state-affiliated, ABA accredited law schools to access an available $25,000.

Each institution administers the funds to students based on financial need, which may include health issues, family financial strain, recent loss of income or other extenuating circumstances. Students are asked to provide relevant documentation, if available.

UM law students can apply for emergency relief funds by submitting the attached form to Macey Edmondson, assistant dean for student affairs. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UM will review the application and determine the approval and amount of funding.

Fall 2021 Update: These emergency funds have been spent in full. For assistance, please contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Brittany Barbee at