University of Denver

For The Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Initiative

  • Amount
    $150,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    3/17/2014
  • Term
    26 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System is a national, independent research center housed at the University of Denver Law School that works to improve the process and culture of the American legal system. Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) is the Institute's newest initiative. ETL is working to better align the current system of legal education with the practical skills students require in today’s legal environment. This three-phase project would (1) identify core competencies for entry-level lawyers, (2) recommend law school curriculum and standards to support those competencies, and (3) develop the tools to assess whether students are making progress. A grant from Hewlett would support the first phase of this work.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.du.edu/ 
Address
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
Grants to this Grantee
for the Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers initiative  
IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research center housed at the University of Denver that works to improve the process and culture of the American legal system. In 2014, IAALS’ Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative launched Foundations for Practice to bridge the legal employment gap, which is captured in part by recent survey findings that only 23 percent of legal practitioners believe new lawyers have sufficient skills to practice. Through this project, ETL aims to better align the current system of legal education with the practical skills students require in today’s legal environment. In its first phase, the project surveyed more than 24,000 attorneys to identify the core competencies required for entry-level lawyers. This next phase will work with employers and law schools to simultaneously change legal education, and better align hiring practices, to support these competencies.
for the Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers initiative  
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System is a national, independent research center housed at the University of Denver Law School that works to improve the process and culture of the American legal system. Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) is the Institute's newest initiative. ETL is working to better align the current system of legal education with the practical skills students require in today’s legal environment. This three-phase project would (1) identify core competencies for entry-level lawyers, (2) recommend law school curriculum and standards to support those competencies, and (3) develop the tools to assess whether students are making progress. A grant from Hewlett would support the first phase of this work.

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