Analyzing Carnegie's Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation

Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-07

36 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2013 Last revised: 5 Feb 2013

Stephen Daniels

American Bar Foundation

William M. Sullivan

University of Denver - Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Martin Katz

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: January 30, 2013

Abstract

Our interest is curricular innovation, with a focus on the recommendations of the 2007 Carnegie report – Educating Lawyers. Recognizing that meaningful reform requires an institutional commitment, our interest also includes initiatives in the areas of faculty development and faculty incentive structure that would support curricular innovation. Additionally, we are curious as to what might explain change and whether certain school characteristics will do so or whether external factors that challenge legal education offer an explanation. To explore these issues we surveyed law schools (a 60.5% response rate). The results show that while there is much activity in the area of curriculum – including the key matters of lawyering, professionalism, and especially integration – there is much less in the important areas of faculty development and faculty incentive structure. School characteristics, including rank, do not provide a sufficient explanation for the patterns emerging from the survey’s results. Additionally, activity by law schools with regard to curriculum, faculty development, and faculty professional activity is not simply a response to external challenges either. However, it appears that those pressures are providing a potential window of opportunity for innovation, reinforcing the need for change, and accelerating its pace.

Suggested Citation

Daniels, Stephen and Sullivan, William M. and Katz, Martin, Analyzing Carnegie's Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation (January 30, 2013). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2209278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2209278

Stephen Daniels

American Bar Foundation ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

William M. Sullivan

University of Denver - Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System ( email )

2044 E. Evans Ave. Suite 307
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Martin Katz (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Ave., 460B
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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