Legal Education at the Crossroads, v. 3.0

University of Denver, September 11 – 13, 2009

The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law invites you to attend “Legal Education at the Crossroads, v. 3 – A Conference on Assessment.” This conference responds to the calls for better methods of student, teaching, and institutional assessment made in the Carnegie Report, Sullivan, et al., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (2007) and in Stuckey et al., Best Practices for Legal Education (2007). The conference will be particularly useful for law teachers and deans interested or engaged in developing and implementing outcomes measures. Speakers include Greg Munro, the leading expert on law school institutional assessment, Steven Bahls, the chair of the ABA committee developing an Outcome Measures accreditation standard, and Christopher Johnson, former general counsel at General Motors, who will discuss the real world implications of outcomes assessment.

Other sessions will offer the latest thinking on student and teacher assessment from law teachers and scholars actively engaged in implementing and assessing best practices. Plenary speakers in these areas include: David Thomson, author of Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age (2009) and an expert on the use of technology in legal education; John Garvey, director of New Hampshire’s alternative to the bar exam that assesses a wide range of lawyering skills to certify that law graduates are “client-ready” upon graduation; and Gerry Hess and Michael Hunter Schwartz, co-directors of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and co-authors of Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students from the Syllabus to the Final Exam (2009).