National Center for Access to Justice

Welcome to the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School

Our vision:  

In the United States and around the world, the ability to understand the law and obtain its protection — Access to Justice — often makes all the difference in enabling families to stay together, save their homes, secure safety from harm, and even preserve their liberty. The National Center for Access to Justice, located at Fordham Law School, is the national organization using data to accomplish change that assures access to justice.

Our projects:  

  • The Justice Index – The Justice Index relies on data to support the expansion of access to justice across the country. The Justice Index has been recognized by the American Bar Association with its Pro Bono Publico AwardSee an overview here and the ABA’s video here.
  • Research – In Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers & FundersNCAJ has gathered issues and ideas that are important for using data to learn about outcomes achieved by civil legal aid programs for clients and communities. In a separate initiative, NCAJ has been helping to implement Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, which calls on all countries to use data and indicators to expand access to justice.
  • New Models –  NCAJ helps create responsible new models to assure access to justice, including civil right to counsel laws, new roles for “non-lawyer advocates”,  new approaches for judges, students, clerks, and new uses for technology.
  • Language Access – NCAJ maintains the Justice Index and also writes reports to support best policies for interpreting and translating in courts.
  • Law Schools – NCAJ supports efforts to make access to justice a core element of legal education, including by expanding opportunities for pro bono service by students and professors. We co-chair the A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School.

Our headlines:

Learn more about NCAJ’s work to assure that all people have access to justice, here.