Legal Educators and Bar Leaders Meet to Transform Legal Education

 

10.22.12 — Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) and the Alliance for Experiential Learning will bring together educators, practitioners, judges and students from throughout the country this Friday to discuss the future of legal education, and how best to prepare law graduates to serve their clients and the public interest in a complex global environment.

 
Hosted by NUSL, the Alliance, and the Northeastern University Law Journal, “Experience the Future,” the Inaugural Symposium on Experiential Education in Law, will take place Oct. 26-28 in Boston. The event will provide a forum for attorneys, judges, legal scholars, educators and students to work together toward developing strategies using experiential methods in shaping legal education and the future of the legal profession.

“This is an exciting time in legal education,” said Dean Jeremy Paul. “We are creating new opportunities that improve legal education so law graduates can more effectively serve members of our society now and in the future. We are delighted to host this important symposium at Northeastern.”

The symposium will feature a keynote by ABA President-elect and Sullivan & Worcester partner James R. Silkenat, and sessions will include: Reimagining Competencies in Experiential Education in Law: Mission, Goals, Vocabulary; Professional Development: Bridging the Academy and the Profession; Beyond Carnegie: Experiential Education as an Integrated Curriculum; and Implementing an Integrated Curriculum.

It will include discussions on areas such as:

  • How to rethink traditional legal education and training methods to meet the needs of clients in a complex global marketplace;
  • Innovative ways law schools can integrate experiential learning into their curriculum design to better help students become more prepared to enter the legal profession; and
  • New ways of measuring law schools’ effectiveness in educating their students in light of technological changes and other economic forces.  

 The symposium participants will develop concrete tools, identify best practices and organize future projects to assist law schools in adapting curriculum and programs to address disruptions and change in the legal profession and legal academy. Following the symposium, Alliance members will continue to work with law schools and legal practitioners on innovations to ensure that lawyers are prepared to provide legal services with the knowledge, skills and ethical and social values necessary to serve clients and the public interest.

“As the landscape of the legal profession continues to shift, the way we approach legal education must adapt as well, and it is time for legal educators to be bold,” said Luke Bierman, NUSL Associate Dean for Experiential Education and convenor of the Alliance. “Everyone who has a stake in the legal profession must work together to find ways to keep both legal scholarship and practice relevant, affordable and accountable.”

For more information, visit www.northeastern.edu/law/experience-the-future.

About the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law

Created in 2011, the Alliance is now affiliated with a group of legal educators from nearly 70 law schools nationwide who are working together to develop a framework for integrating experience-based learning into law-school curriculums. Their collaboration is part of an effort to improve legal education to better prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills and ethical and social values necessary to serve clients and the public interest. For more information on the Alliance, including a list of members, visit www.northeastern.edu/law/about/alliance/html.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. With cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education for the past 45 years, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.