Law School Innovation Roundtable

19 Pages Posted: 18 May 2016

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Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School

Bryce Wilson

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: May 16, 2016

Abstract

In the aftermath of the Great Recession in 2008-09, the structure and economics of the legal profession continue to change. For law schools, the earlier era was one where admissions decisions could be made solely on quantitative credentials (GPA and LSAT), career development consisted largely of developing relationships with law firms and some governmental employers, and professional development and training were largely out-sourced to law firms (or did not exist). Today’s emerging legal services landscape requires law schools to take a hard look at how to develop law students in an environment where many are skeptical of the value of a legal education. For the law schools that are grappling with a changing landscape, there is a unique opportunity to innovate and experiment — in effect, developing the framework for today’s “new normal” legal education. This report discusses a few key elements of this emerging framework and outlines strategies for law schools to pursue.

Keywords: Silicon Flatiron, Silicon Flatirons

Suggested Citation

Weiser, Phil and Wilson, Bryce, Law School Innovation Roundtable (May 16, 2016). Silicon Flatirons Center, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2781602

Phil Weiser (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Bryce Wilson

University of Colorado Law School

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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