The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is concerned about online privacy. The following policy describes the types of information collected about visitors to the AALS Website, how that information is used, and the choices users have about collection and use of this information.
TYPES OF USERS
For the purpose of this privacy statement, several types of website users will be defined.
General Users are any visitors to the AALS website. Visitors may access any of the public areas of the website without having to submit any personal information.
Registered Users are individuals who voluntarily submit contact information to gain access to certain areas of the website.
Members are general or registered users who are also faculty and professional staff of member and fee paid law schools.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES AALS COLLECT AND HOW DO WE USE IT?
Except as defined below in the description of the Faculty Recruitment Services, the AALS does not give, rent or sell individual user information collected on our Website to any third party.
AALS does not collect personal information from users browsing the public areas of its Website. We do collect non-personal information, which includes the IP address assigned to your computer when you access the internet and the address of the previous website you visited, if you linked to our site from another website. None of this non-personal information allows us to identify or contact you. This aggregate information may be used to help AALS improve this website for its users by determining which areas of the website are the most and least popular and by diagnosing any technical problems.
Faculty Recruitment Services
The AALS maintains a database on persons interested in pursuing law school teaching positions. This database, the Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), contains personal information pertinent to the law school hiring process and is collected voluntarily from candidates. This information is maintained on a secure website. To register, candidates will be asked to choose a username and password, which allows them access to their FAR information prior to submitting it.
After submitting the FAR form online, candidates may no longer access their personal information. Registered FAR candidates will be able to fill out an online attendance form for the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference and to view the Placement Bulletin, a FAR publication, online.
AALS uses candidates’ personal information to send mailings related to the FAR, to contact candidates about FAR-related issues and for mailings on the AALS Workshop for New Law Teacher Workshop.
Candidate information is made available online and in hard copy to law school recruiters who are faculty at member and fee-paid schools. Recruiters using the online FAR database must log in using the username and password assigned by AALS. The Recruiters’ Module is separate from all other areas of the AALS website.
Additionally, candidate information may be made available in hard copy to certain foreign law school recruiters or non-law school faculty recruiters who subscribe to the Association’s Faculty Recruitment Services.
FAR Candidate information and Recruiter access is removed from the web after each year’s faculty recruiting cycle. The information is retained for future statistical purposes. AALS does not use any personally identifiable information for these statistical purposes.
Workshop, Conference and Annual Meeting Registrants (Members and Registered Users)
To register for AALS workshops, conferences or the Annual Meeting, users will be asked to log-in to the registration area of the Website.
The AALS online database contains personal information such as name, school, address, phone number and e-mail on law professors who appear in its annual AALS Directory of Law Teachers publication, and these users are considered Members. Members should log in using their username and AALS-assigned password.
New users not included in the AALS database who are registering for workshops, conferences or the Annual Meeting for the first time will be asked to create a profile, which includes name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail address. These Registered Users will also choose a username and password in order to complete their registration and for future use.
Information provided by Registered Users will be added to our database and is used to contact the registrant about registration or payment. We may also use contact information for future AALS mailings.
If you do not wish to receive future AALS mailings, you may contact the Association at:
1201 Connecticut Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2605
In order to register for workshops, conferences or the Annual Meeting, Registered Users and Members will also be asked to provide financial information, such as credit card number and expiration date. This information is used for billing purposes only.
Security and Credit Card Processing
The AALS Website is a VeriSign Secure Site. This secure server software encrypts information, ensuring that Internet transactions stay private and protected. Your name, address and credit card number - plus everything else about your payment - cannot be read by a third party as the information travels securely from your computer to our server. Once your order reaches us, your credit card number is transmitted securely to the Association’s credit card processing center, NOVA Corporation. For more information in NOVA’s services, visit their website at . The safety and security of your order is of highest priority to us.
If you prefer, you may register for conferences and workshops by faxing or mailing in your registration form with payment information.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
The AALS Website contains links to other sites. AALS is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of other websites they visit, especially before submitting personally identifiable information.
CORRECTION/UPDATING PERSONAL INFORMATION
If your personal information changes (address, phone number, etc.) please notify AALS at the address below.
CHANGES TO AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POLICY
1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2605