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Blog Posts by Alli Gerkman

Foundations for Practice: The Future for Law Students, Law Schools, and the Profession

Alli Gerkman
Thirteen years ago this week, I took the bar exam in Colorado. Later, sitting in my new office in my new law firm with my new computer and my new-to-me view of Denver, I distinctly remember swiveling in my office chair, thinking, “What exactly is it that I do here and how will I know if I’m doing it well?” I had been...

Learning Outcomes for Hire: Join us for our 5th Annual ETL Conference, Sept. 22-24, 2016

Alli Gerkman
It is hard to believe it has been seven months since our 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference last fall, where we presented initial results from our Foundations for Practice survey. Since that gathering, we have heard from countless legal educators who are embarking on the process to define and measure...

IAALS Online Recognized by Higher Education Marketing Report for Website Impact and Content

Alli Gerkman
I read my first legal blog in 2004 when, as a new lawyer, I saw Kevin O’Keefe present at a legal conference in Las Vegas. He talked about how lawyers could develop their practices through online tools, like blogs and LinkedIn. Over the last decade, I continued to learn from people like Kevin, Carolyn Elefant , and...

Law School Faculty Showcase National Innovations in Six Minutes at 2015 ETL Conference

Alli Gerkman
We kicked off the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference on October 1 with 16 (yes, sixteen!) Ignite-style presentations, given by ETL Fellows and faculty from across the ETL Consortium. We heard about strategic planning, hybrid programs, new curricula, leadership and skills development, and—importantly—...

Beyond the Conference: Foundations for Practice and Understanding Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Alli Gerkman
We kicked off the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference with a story about math—or, more specifically, with a story about how long it took one mathematician to solve one not-so-simple problem. It’s a great story (and one you can hear more about here on This American Life) and I shared it with the group...

Badlands or Bust? Guess What Region's Law Schools Had Best Employment Rates in 2014

Alli Gerkman
Three years ago, we launched Law Jobs: By the Numbers , an interactive online tool that gives prospective law students the most transparent and complete law school employment rate information available. With the release of the latest ABA employment data, we now have four years of data stored in the tool. This means...

We Asked, You Answered: Thousands of Lawyers Participate in Foundations Survey

Alli Gerkman
Corina D. Gerety
A year ago, we launched Foundations for Practice and kicked off a study to achieve the project’s first objective: to identify the foundations entry-level lawyers need to practice law. In late 2014, we began distributing a survey to lawyers across the country to do just that. Working with state bar organizations, we...

Save the Date: 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference Is October 1-3, 2015

Alli Gerkman
Mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference will take place October 1-3, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, and will center on our Foundations for Practice project. We will debut the results of our national study to participants and look to them to help us shape the lessons, recommendations,...

Five Things to Do While You're Waiting for U.S. News Law School Rankings to Hit

Alli Gerkman
If you’re like most prospective students, there’s a good chance the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings will play some kind of role in your decision about where to go to law school. We can all debate the merits of the rankings as a method for choosing a law school, but we can’t stop the world from...