Law schools have faced no shortage of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but independent law campuses—those not attached to larger universities—have dealt with an additional hurdle: it has been more difficult for them to secure government relief funds.

That funding struggle lead to the formation of the first-ever coalition of independent graduate schools, unveiled this week. The National Association of Standalone Graduate Schools aims to improve federal funding for institutions that are not attached to undergraduate programs, streamline regulations at the state level, and serve as a hub of strategy and shared innovation across institutions.