IAALS hosted its LicensureCon convening in November 2023, focused on current issues and challenges surrounding the development of non-exam pathways to legal licensure.

While the national dialogue about the issues facing our current licensing structures is not new, the pandemic forced a reckoning with our traditional exam-based approach and brought to the forefront lingering questions about what minimum competence is and how it can be assessed equitably. In the years since, we have witnessed numerous states explore and begin to experiment with novel pathways to attaining a legal license.

This convening brought together a diverse group of two dozen thought leaders and changemakers in the legal licensure space to collaborate and ideate on ways to create cohesion across states’ efforts, best practices in developing and implementing new pathways, and recommendations for the future of legal licensure.

The event was held at El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House, a nonprofit conference center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

More information about IAALS' work in legal licensure can be found here.