Legal Education at the Crossroads

I agreed to join the Best Practices Blog author list at the AALS clinical conference in Tucson , but of course it took me awhile to figure out how to actually do it.  Anyway, I’m delighted to be joining this exciting effort.

If I had any doubts that legal education is at a crossroads, those doubts wouldn’t have survived reviewing proposals submitted for the  University of Washington Law School’s upcoming conference on Legal Education at the Crossroads:  Ideas to Implementation to be held in Seattle on Sept 5-7.

We received over 80 responses to our request for proposals, probably double the number we’ll be able to accept.  Topics ranged from already implemented major curriculum reforms to novel individual classroom ideas.  They encompassed both Showcase station proposals to show-off existing efforts that might be replicated at other schools (I refer to these as “poster sessions on steroids”) and Workshop proposals for discussing not-yet implemented-ideas.

Because there’s been so much interest in this conference, we’ve decided to open it up to folks who aren’t presenting.  So much for our vision of a small intimate conference of 40-60!   Stay tuned.   We hope to have details available by the middle of June.  But you can mark your calendars now for spectacular Seattle in September!

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