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Expansive Resource Database Launched to Help Law Schools and Professors Better Prepare Students to Be Lawyers

Robert Thompson Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers announces a newly expanded and integrated collection of online legal education resources for law schools and professors. These teaching tools were compiled and shared by innovative professors from around the country, many of whom took part in our recent conference designed to connect the academy and the profession.

“Collaboration among legal educators and law schools will be an important piece of any significant change in legal education,” said Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers. “We kept hearing that law professors needed a place to share and exchange teaching materials and resources, so we worked with them to create it.”

This expansive collection of resources provided by Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers gives law schools and professors the means to reevaluate classes and curriculum from the ground up.

  • Teaching strategies that go beyond the traditional lecture-based format are compiled in our comprehensive database, including Cooperative Learning, Hybrid and Online Learning, Integrating Technology, Clinics, and Simulations.
  • Professors can dig deeper by reviewing and utilizing tried and tested course materials from a wide range of practice areas, submitted by their colleagues who have been successful in developing exceptional practice-based classrooms that can be replicated at any law school.
  • A growing number of full course portfolios from innovative law schools are available for review, including background material, video tutorials, teaching methods, recommendations and strategies for adaptation, and outcomes.
  • Other materials including related articles, books, and videos.

“Gone are the days when a new law professor need only select a textbook, divide his or her course into canned lectures, and draft a single assessment final exam,” said Wes Reber Porter, ETL Fellow and professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. “Legal education has changed, and will continue to change, in the way we develop student understanding, skills, and values of the profession. My advice to any new law professor is to start by exploring the teaching innovations available through Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, particularly these resources and course portfolios. You might as well begin where the best in legal education are already headed.”

This one-of-a-kind pool of resources is easily accessible and open to all educators and anyone interested in legal education reform. It is designed to help law schools ensure that their students are prepared for the demands of an evolving profession. No professor need start from scratch when looking to rework or enhance their classes, and as law schools and professors continue to develop and hone these exceptional course materials, they can showcase their innovations by submitting them for inclusion in this growing database of legal education resources.

Click here to view the new Resources database from Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers.