FOUNDATIONS FOR PRACTICE SURVEY-24K+ RESPONDENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR EXTERNSHIPS

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Sunday, 10:15 – 11:45 am

FOUNDATIONS FOR PRACTICE SURVEY-24K+ RESPONDENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR EXTERNSHIPS, Room LB237

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Sande Buhai, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Anahid Gharakhanian, Southwestern Law School

Lisa Mead, UCLA School of Law

This session will share a groundbreaking nationwide effort to answer the question “what are the foundations for practice?” by Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (“ETL”), an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. ETL is dedicated to aligning legal education with the needs of an evolving profession and to developing solutions to support effective models of legal education. The “Foundations for Practice” initiative has several objectives: 1. Identify the foundations necessary for new lawyers; 2. Develop measurable models of legal education that support those foundations; and 3. Align market needs with hiring practices to incentivize positive improvements. ETL has just completed a survey with over 24,000 valid responses from 37 states and has identified over 140 “foundations,” including 77 that more than half of the respondents identified as necessary for new lawyers. This session will discuss the implications of this survey for externship/clinical courses. It will also facilitate group exercises that provide feedback to ETL on its continuing work and integrate survey data into participants’ own programs.

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