Equipping Our Lawyers: Mitchell’s Outcomes-Based Approach to Legal Education
42 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2011 Last revised: 31 Dec 2012
Date Written: October 1, 2011
It is timely that the William Mitchell Law Review has decided to dedicate an issue to outcomes in legal education. As a long-time innovator in pedagogy, professional skills education, and experiential learning, William Mitchell has once again emerged as a leader in its outcomes-based approach to course and curricular design. Amid the current climate of uncertainty in legal education and the legal profession, and as a relative newcomer to Mitchell’s history, I believe in Mitchell’s future – tied to the past, but innovative and distinct. In this essay, I share our vision for increasing emphasis on outcomes, expanding experiential learning opportunities, and creating more flexibility for students.
Keywords: legal education, pedagogy, curriculum, experiential learning, skills, outcome-based learning, legal writing, pilot program, course design
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