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

78 Pages Posted: 31 May 2012 Last revised: 1 Jan 2013

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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

Date Written: March 5, 2012

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

Maranville, Deborah A. and O'Neill, Kathleen M. 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2070949

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 )

William H. Gates Hall
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Seattle, WA 98195-3020
United States
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Carolyn Plumb

Montana State University College of Engineering ( email )

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States

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