The Frances Lewis Law Center is responsible for enriching the intellectual life of the Washington and Lee University School of Law community and for supporting the research and scholarship of its faculty. It carries out this mission by funding summer research projects and research assistants for faculty, sponsoring and supporting conferences and symposia organized at the law school, and hosting visiting scholars for workshop presentations or more extended visits. It also helps to promote the close faculty-student relationships so characteristic of Washington and Lee, notably through students working with faculty members as research assistants or collaborating on the planning of symposia.

The Law Center was created by a generous gift in 1978 by Frances and Sydney Lewis with a mandate to support research that advances law reform. That tradition continues through all of the Law Center's efforts to promote legal research and scholarly discourse at Washington and Lee.

Requests for funding and other support of campus events are evaluated based on a number of criteria, including the diversity of presenters and other participants, and may be forwarded to the attention of the Law Center Director.