Wednesday, December 5, 2007

into the future of legal education

Here's your chance to become involved in and help shape the future of legal education in the United States.  The following announcement appeared today on the lawprof listserve:

"As part of Georgia State Law's 25th Anniversary Celebration, we are hosting an International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, February 20-23, 2008. This conference will take as its point of departure the highly critical report on American legal education recently issued by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Educating Lawyers. The report calls for fundamental changes in both the structure and content of legal education in the United States to integrate realistic and real-life lawyering experiences throughout the curriculum, and challenges American law schools to produce lawyers who are not only smart problem-solvers but also responsible professionals committed to service of both clients and the larger society.

"The conference will ask two related questions:

"1. First, if one was charged with starting a new law school, how would one implement the Carnegie recommendations? What would the budget look like? How would the faculty be recruited and structured? What would one want the student body to look like? What would be the curriculum?

"2. Second, how would an existing law school transform itself into the kind of law school envisioned by the Carnegie Report? What would a 5 year transition plan look like?

"There are already 22 speakers scheduled for the Conference including Dr. William Sullivan, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and lead author of Educating Lawyers; deans and law professors from both the United States and other countries who are already engaged in innovative legal education along the lines of the Carnegie Report; and representatives of the ABA, the Conference of Chief Justices, and other major professional organizations.

"We will shortly provide hard copy and web-based materials for conference registration; we also will be offering limited opportunities for interested parties to apply to be panel participants at the conference. If you wish to be placed on an electronic mailing list to receive these and other notices about this conference, please send an email to the conference chair, Professor Clark Cunningham: . Put "FUTURE OF LEGAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE MAILING LIST" in the subject line and place your contact details in the text of the email message.

"For further information, visit the conference website at

"Best wishes for a happy holiday.

"Steven Kaminshine, Dean
Clark Cunningham, Conference Chair & W.Lee Burge Chair of Law & Ethics"

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