Swethaa Ballakrishnen, assistant professor of law and co-director of the Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and their team have been awarded a more than $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to fund their project to research diversity and networking in law school.

Ballakrishnen is the lead principal investigator along with co-principal investigators professor Anthony Paik of University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Carole Silver, professor of global law and practice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; and Steven Boutcher, executive officer of the Law and Society Association and senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ballakrishnen told Law.com on March 11.