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The Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative serves to advance innovation in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism.

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A Primer on Professionalism for Doctrinal Professors

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

A recently published a paper, entitled “A Primer on Professionalism for Doctrinal Professors,” discusses how and why doctrinal professors should incorporate attorney professionalism into their curriculum. Professor Schaefer offers guidance in developing course outcomes that connect legal subject matter with issues of professionalism and methods for doing so.

Consortium Schools Among Best Part-Time Law School Programs for Practical Training

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Last month, preLaw Magazine released its list of best practical training schools for part-time students. preLaw considered 97 part-time programs, all having 20 or more students, and 22 were selected for the magazine’s top honors. Four Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium schools were named to the list: Georgetown, Hofstra, Loyola Chicago, and the University of Maryland.

Colorado Public Radio: Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers with the Foundations They Need

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured

On June 5, Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, appeared on Colorado Public Radio to talk about efforts being made on a national scale to change legal education and how Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers is leading the way. During the interview, Gerkman discusses the need to bridge the gap between law schools and the profession and the opportunity to forge a better path forward.

Challenging Law School Rankings: The Regional Reality of the Legal Job Market

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a prospective law student who has not obsessed over law school rankings like US News and World Report. In fact, it is likely that many prospective students use rankings as one of the heaviest weighted factors in making their decisions about which school to attend. But should they? Local and regional economies and students’ personal connections to a community are two factors that are just as important.

Rocket Lawyer: Foundations for Practice a Defining Project for Future Lawyers

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured

Rocket Lawyer, founded in 2008, is an alternative, online legal service provider that many see as a first wave in a tidal shift in how legal services are delivered to the public. They recently published an article on their blog that spoke to the uncertain and shifting state of legal education, and the profession as a whole, and some of the efforts that are being made to spearhead the best way forward, including those being made by Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers.

University of Denver Offers Experiential Learning “Live Client Guarantee”

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, one of ETL’s Consortium schools, now offers a Live Client Guarantee. The Guarantee ensures that every student can receive hands-on client interactions outside of the classroom. The University of Denver is one of only 16 law schools that have such a guarantee, including three other ETL Consortium schools.

New Book Discusses What It Takes To Be a Good Lawyer

Katherine Kirk Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit have compiled a handbook outlining what it takes to be a good lawyer. Drawing upon recent social science research and the experience of excellent practicing attorneys, Linder and Levit suggest that good lawyers must develop their practice beyond simply having the intellectual ability to understand the law. In The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, they outline crucial qualities to lawyering.

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Survey Used to Analyze Rate of Law School Innovation

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The Journal of Legal Education of Southwestern Law School recently published an article surveying the landscape of legal education. Authors Stephen Daniels, Martin Katz, and William Sullivan used an Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers survey to discuss changes that have been made by the legal academy and whether these changes were forceful enough to overcome the inertia of traditional legal education.

Stratum: Creating a Community for Solos

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

As a soon-to-be-graduate, I often find my head swirling with concerns and worries about life after law school. Beyond joining a firm, what options are out there for new grads? Banding together with a couple other recent grads or, scarier yet, hanging out my own shingle? The Denver Bar Association was trying to answer exactly this question when it unveiled Stratum, which offers meeting spaces, networking events, and just about every business amenity a lawyer could need.

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Launches National Project to Establish Professional “Foundations” for New Lawyers

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

IAALS is pleased to announce “Foundations for Practice.” Led by Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, this ambitious project focuses on improving legal education and closing the gap between how students are being taught in law school and the knowledge and skills legal professionals say new graduates need to succeed.

Let’s Stop Choosing Law School Like It’s 1999

Alli Gerkman Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured, Informed Opinions

In the world of choosing law schools, we have generic rankings and recommendations—including US News & World Report, and a number of others that have popped up over the years—which can provide a certain value, but they hardly give the whole picture. Last year, we launched Law Jobs: By the Numbers, an employment calculator that allows you to review school employment numbers based on the criteria you care about most—and with the new 2013 ABA employment numbers, we’ve made some big upgrades.

Job Placement for Law Grads: What US News Doesn’t Take into Account

Alli Gerkman Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, News

For the second year in a row, the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 law school rankings have taken advantage of the rich employment data now made public by the American Bar Association. But as the Economist noted last week, the rankings have not yet made use of an interesting piece of data the ABA has published: whether student jobs reported by schools were funded by law schools.

ETL in U.S. News: Making Law Students More Employable

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured

Change is happening in law schools across the country. While most are evolving independently, many schools are working toward the same end: developing new teaching methods and strategies that teach students skills that will give them an edge with employers. A recent U.S. News and World Report article highlights a few of these efforts from Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium schools, which emphasize practical skills training and a more hands-on understanding of what it means to be a lawyer.

New York Proposes Pro Bono Scholars Program for Third-Year Students

Katherine Kirk Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Chief Judge Johnathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals has announced a new program designed to allow third-year law students to sit for the bar exam in February, so long as they devote their final semester to pro bono work. Ideally, the program will give indigent clients more access to legal representation, while also helping students gain the practical legal experience needed upon graduation from law school.

National Jurist Names Top 60 Law Schools for Practical Training

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The National Jurist has named its top 60 law schools that offer practical training, including a number of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium schools. The rankings were determined by the number of clinic positions per enrollment, the number of field placements or externships per enrollment, the number of simulation courses per enrollment, and additional information about practical training offerings.

Today: Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers and Supporting Today’s Lawyers (Webcast Available)

Alli Gerkman Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The New York State Bar Association is devoting a segment of its annual meeting to two themes that have emerged with increasing urgency in bar associations around the country: “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” and “Supporting Today’s Lawyers.” I’m here in New York to participate in person, but I just learned that you can tune in at 2:00 pm ET to view the full Presidential Summit, which serves as the centerpiece of the NYSBA’s week-long annual meeting.

Rachel Van Cleave: Law Schools Putting Students First

Riley Combelic Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Dean Rachel Van Cleave of Golden Gate University School of Law recently published an article discussing the optimism of current law students and the responsibility of law schools to “have the courage to make our students’ success our first priority.” She advocates for law schools to commit to their students by providing them an education that matches their enthusiasm.

Teaching Evidence Law in a Trial Advocacy Context

Alli Gerkman Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, Featured

Professor Steven Friedland of Elon University School of Law uses a problem-based teaching method to guide his required, upper-level Evidence Law course. Drawing upon his trial experience as a prosecutor, Friedland’s course is conducted as a form of “applied trial advocacy,” as opposed to the more traditional “case review” method. The full Evidence Law course portfolio is now available online.