Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BYU School of Law discusses ways to teach future practice skills

This post by Robert Ambrogi at Above the Law reports how BYU School of Law recently convened a group of several experts and commentators from around the country to consider how it can best prepare students for the legal practice challenges ahead including teaching skills like leadership, storytelling, technology and providing innovative clinical experiences in negotiation, community law and entrepreneurship.  Here's an excerpt:

How Does A Law School Innovate? Mulling That Question At BYU Law

BYU Law is putting significant effort into thinking about innovation to better prepare its students for an increasingly complex and unpredictable world.


“I want BYU to be known as, if not the most innovative law school in the country, then one of the most innovative law schools in the country.”


With that bold statement, D. Gordon Smith, dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, kicked off a day of presentations and conversations Friday around where the school is in its journey towards that goal and what more lies ahead.


Present were the members of a professionally diverse advisory board that Smith convened to help the school think through answers to one overarching question: How will BYU prepare students for an increasingly complex and unpredictable world?


Among those attending were Margaret Hagan, director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University; Daniel W. Linna Jr., director of the Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University and creator of the Law School Innovation Index; a judge on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; two Utah Supreme Court justices; Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes; law firm partners; corporate CEOs; the president of an international human rights foundation; a TV news anchor; and several BYU Law faculty and students.


In law, the word “innovation” is often used as shorthand for leading-edge technologies and next-generation practice models. But during Friday’s meeting, the term encompassed a broader meaning, of how to equip law students with the skills and experience — beyond legal knowledge — that will enable them to succeed in their careers.

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