Southwestern Selected for New Consortium on Innovative Teaching
Southwestern has been at the vanguard of legal education reform since its founding and was recognized as one of the leading law schools in curricular innovation in the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report, Educating Lawyers. This year, the law school was selected as a member of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL), a new consortium committed to challenging traditional legal education and creating new models for success.
Under the auspices of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, ETL provides a platform through its website and other initiatives to encourage law schools in the U.S. to showcase innovative teaching to produce more practice-ready lawyers who can better meet the needs of an evolving profession.
William M. Sullivan, the lead author of Educating Lawyers, is serving as director of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers. "Our goal is to encourage law schools that are already committed to innovation to share what they know in a structured, collaborative place so that other law professors may discuss and develop new teaching techniques," Sullivan said.
The three California schools in the consortium are Southwestern, Stanford and University of Southern California. Other members include American University Washington College of Law, The City University of New York School of Law, Cornell University Law School, University of Dayton School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Miami School of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Vanderbilt University Law School, and Washington and Lee University School of Law.
"Southwestern's selection for this important new collective reflects the leadership of our faculty in the development of curricular innovations such as our unique three-track LAWS program, emphasis on lawyering skills and professionalism, capstone courses and other cutting-edge approaches to teaching law," Dean Garth said. "We look forward to contributing to and gaining from this unique collaboration."