University of Denver

A Legal Education Renaissance

This article presents the history of legal education, criticisms, research, learning theory, and innovative educational models in one place. They are interrelated and provide the basis for realistic solutions to the problems facing legal education, a legal education renaissance. Through the use of factual data, the authors purport that legal education is inadequate as it exists today. After identifying the inadequacies of today's methods, the authors present an analysis of various learning theories and discuss why traditional law school teaching, that only accesses one learning method, does not suffice. To conclude, the article contains successful innovative teaching methods to supplement traditional lecture-based teaching.