University of Denver

Foundations for Practice

Foundations for Practice, the "Whole Lawyer," and the Path to Competency for New Lawyers

Zachariah DeMeola
In the most recent issue of the Bar Examiner, Alli Gerkman and I discuss the perceived skills gap that affects employment for newly graduated law students, an issue that has even greater implications for the profession as a whole when new lawyers enter the workforce unprepared or underprepared.

Legal Employers Have a Critical Role to Play in Improving Legal Education

Alli Gerkman
ETL is about to release its first major report—a study of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. The report is not even public yet, but it was already highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and criticized at Above the Law. Ultimately, if law schools are going to develop programs that better prepare students and if...

Colorado Public Radio: Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers with the Foundations They Need

Zachary Willis
On June 5, Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers , appeared on Colorado Public Radio to talk about efforts being made on a national scale to change legal education and how Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers is leading the way. During the interview, Gerkman discusses the need to bridge the gap between law...

Challenging Law School Rankings: The Regional Reality of the Legal Job Market

Riley Combelic
Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a prospective law student who has not obsessed over law school rankings like US News and World Report. In fact, it is likely that many prospective students use rankings as one of the heaviest weighted factors in making their decisions about which school to attend. But should they?...