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Foundations for Practice

Foundations for Practice: Tracking the Project’s Impact on Legal Education

Zachariah DeMeola
Since publishing the results of our Foundations for Practice survey, we have been using those results in the second phase of the project to work with select law schools to develop a set of learning outcomes, assessments, instructional designs, and hiring tools to instill and identify desired characteristics,...

Denver Law Course Highlights Lawyer Well-Being and Foundations for Practice

Heather Buchanan
In direct response to an ABA study on attorney well-being and IAALS’ Foundations for Practice project and findings, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Debra Austin brought to life a class called “Professionalism and Well-Being Skills for the Effective Lawyer,” which began this fall.

Journal of Legal Education Highlights Importance of Foundations, Soft Skills

Heather Buchanan
The Journal of Legal Education’s latest issue focuses on the ABA’s new standards on assessments and the reaction of law schools who now need to understand best practices in designing student learning outcomes. Professor Sophie Sparrow’s article highlights IAALS’ Foundations for Practice project and the value of “soft...

A Teaching Roundtable: Building Foundations for Practice in Law School

Zachariah DeMeola
Many law school staff, administration, and faculty members have reached out to IAALS to learn more about how the foundations we have identified can improve their own programs, or to share with us how they use the foundations to inform their teaching models—and we are going to continue the conversation in an upcoming...

Law School Clinics Successfully Training Students and Serving Clients

Heather Buchanan
Law school clinics are often said to serve two goals. They are a place where law students can develop and practice their legal skills in a real setting, with the safety net of faculty supervision. They also aim to serve low and modest means clients whose legal needs might otherwise go unmet. And, according to a recent...

The Whole Lawyer: Small Variations among Law Firm Sizes (And Conclusion)

Zachariah DeMeola
Logan Cornett
Alli Gerkman
In the last blog, we explained that the 77 foundations survey respondents identified as being necessary for new lawyers in the short term are largely consistent and definitive across respondents. Still, there were a few differences that highlight foundations some practice settings emphasize over others. Similarly,...