Broadening our impact
How can law schools continue to adapt to a constantly evolving professional — and global — landscape? Which experiences best prepare students to handle the legal complexities of today’s highly interconnected world?
To remain relevant, legal institutions must continually ask fundamental questions such as these. As the nation’s leader in experiential education, Northeastern believes it has a crucial role to play in finding the answers. Our co-op program keeps us closely connected to today’s workplace, giving our community a unique perspective on emerging trends in the legal profession. Our graduates, many of whom go on to become co-op employers themselves, continually share feedback on their experience as students, professionals and mentors to Northeastern law students.
The School of Law has launched several initiatives that are enabling us to analyze in depth the true impact of our educational model, foster a nationwide conversation about the importance of and best practices in experiential learning and generate innovative solutions for creating a more effective and responsive legal academy and legal profession in the 21st century. These initiatives include:
The School of Law’s NuLawLab is an innovation laboratory that employs structured creative processes such as “design thinking” to identify, implement and assess solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing legal education and the profession. The lab works with internal and external clients seeking assistance on matters requiring specific attention, while also drawing together interested parties with expertise across disciplines to engage on issues of broad concern.
Outcomes Assessment Project
Just how — and how much — do immersive learning experiences impact student outcomes? What’s the best way to integrate experiential learning into a curriculum? Northeastern has hired a leading consulting group that is using rigorous social sciences methods to analyze the impact of the Northeastern learning model. Our goal is to generate a realistic qualitative and quantitative understanding of what works in experiential education — and, just as important, what doesn’t.
Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law
The Alliance is a group of representatives from more than 95 law schools nationwide who’ve made a commitment to experiential learning and are determined to address important contemporary challenges in legal education and practice. Convened by Northeastern, the Alliance seeks to establish a shared vision of experiential learning, identify its best practices and ultimately usher in a new educational paradigm that better prepares students to serve clients — and society — in a 21st century context.