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Lessons for Legal Education from the Engineering Profession's Experience with Outcomes-Based Accreditation


Deborah A. Maranville


University of Washington School of Law

Kate O'Neill


University of Washington - School of Law

Carolyn Plumb


Montana State University College of Engineering

March 5, 2012

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2012
University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-18

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The engineering profession's experience with outcomes-based assessment and accreditation provides three lessons for legal education. First, the process of identifying educational goals and assessing whether they have been met can be a catalyst for curriculum reform and responsiveness to changes in the legal profession. Second, outcomes-based education need not consider only easily measured knowledge and skills but can also include such areas as ethical development in law students. Third, ambitious, institutionally focused outcomes assessment approaches are desirable, but even course-focused outcomes, based approaches can generate useful reforms, as demonstrated by a case study discussed in the article.

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Keywords: legal education, outcomes-based, assessment, accreditation, learning theory

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Date posted: May 31, 2012 ; Last revised: January 1, 2013

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Maranville, Deborah A. and O'Neill, Kate and Plumb, Carolyn, Lessons for Legal Education from the Engineering Profession's Experience with Outcomes-Based Accreditation (March 5, 2012). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2012; University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-18. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2070949

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Deborah A. Maranville (Contact Author)
University of Washington School of Law ( email )
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Kathleen M. O'Neill
University of Washington - School of Law ( email )
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Carolyn Plumb
Montana State University College of Engineering ( email )
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
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