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Learning by Doing: An Experience with Outcomes Assessment

15 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2010  

Mary Crossley

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Lu-in Wang

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

An emphasis on assessment and outcomes measures is a drum beat that is growing louder in American legal education. Prompted initially by the demands of regional university accreditation bodies, the attention paid to outcomes assessment is now growing with the forecast that the ABA will revise its accreditation standards to incorporate outcomes measures. For the past three years, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has been developing a system for assessing the learning outcomes of its students. By describing our experience here at Pitt Law, with both its high and low points, we hope to suggest some helpful pointers for other law schools as they work to develop systems for assessing whether they are accomplishing institutional goals related to student learning.

Keywords: Outcomes Assessment, Measures, Legal Education, Objectives, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Law Schools, Accreditation, Student Learning Outcomes, Outcomes Evidence, Standards, ABA Accreditation Standards, Reform, Faculty Engagement, Curricular Change

JEL Classification: I21, I29, K10, K49, Z00

Suggested Citation

Crossley, Mary and Wang, Lu-in, Learning by Doing: An Experience with Outcomes Assessment (April 1, 2010). University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 41, p. 269, 2010; University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1620602

Mary Crossley (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-5300 (Phone)
412-648-2649 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.pitt.edu/people/mary-crossley

Lu-in Wang

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law ( email )

PA
United States
412-648-1490 (Phone)

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