University of Denver

Phase Two: Developing Learning Outcomes

In the second phase, we are using the survey results to develop a set of learning outcomes, assessments, instructional designs, and hiring tools to instill and identify the desired characteristics, competencies, and skills in future lawyers.

IAALS is working with four schools across the country to translate the Foundations for Practice survey results into actionable learning outcomes and hiring rubrics. IAALS has developed a draft set of learning outcomes that we are refining through twelve workshops with law schools and legal employers. At the conclusion of the project, we will publish a set of learning outcomes that law schools can use as a starting point, a set of hiring rubrics that legal employers can use to make better hires, and a description of the process we used to develop these tools.  

Participating law schools:

  • Columbia Law School
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law

In September 2018, IAALS hosted a webinar entitled A Teaching Roundtable: Building Foundations for Practice in Law School.

With support from NALP and SALT, this webinar introduces the Foundations for Practice study and leads a discussion on how legal education can use the Foundations study to improve and better prepare students to become successful lawyers. The webinar provides real world examples to inspire and inform others and discusses not only how the Foundations study is already being used in law schools across the country, but also the potential for its use in the future.


Our 7th Annual Conference in November will revisit learning outcomes, stemming from our Foundations for Practice research. More information is available below.

Our 7th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference was held November 1-2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Our topic this year will cover Phase II of our Foundations for Practice project.