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IAALS Publications

IAALS Releases New Tools to Cut through Bias in Legal Hiring and Improve Legal Education Outcomes

Kelsey Montague
IAALS has released two new guides that detail innovative ways for legal educators and legal employers to implement data-driven, outcomes-based standards to train and hire better lawyers. The guides are the first in IAALS' new suite of Foundations tools to create alignment between law schools and legal employers, and...

IAALS Study Reveals the Building Blocks of Minimum Competence, Recommends Changes to Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing

Logan Cornett
In a groundbreaking report, IAALS, in partnership with Professor Deborah Merritt at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, has defined the minimum competence that new lawyers need to be qualified to practice law—and provides recommendations for how legal licensing processes like the bar exam must change to...

New Report Highlighting States' Civil Justice Reform Efforts Provides Guidance for Change Management

Kelsey Montague
IAALS and the NCSC have finalized a three-year project with the release of their new report highlighting the experiences of four states—Idaho, Maine, Missouri, and Texas—as they worked to implement change in their courts. The recommendations can provide critical support to courts facing unprecedented need for change...

New IAALS Guides Help Courts Create Effective Self-Help Materials, Expand ADR, and Better Manage Trials with Self-Represented Litigants

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Michael Houlberg
In partnership with national experts, IAALS has developed three new guides to support real change in state courts. Stemming from our work on the Civil Justice Initiative and Family Justice Initiative, the guides are designed to assist in creating effective self-help information for those who need it, developing...

New Data-Driven Report Provides Insight into What Clients Look For in Attorneys

Kelsey Montague
What is it that clients value in, and want from, their lawyers? How does a lawyer meet the requirements of their clients? This information has traditionally been gathered informally and only shared internally within offices that collect client feedback. To address this gap in our understanding, IAALS partnered with...

Divorcing Together: An Interdisciplinary Out-of-Court Approach to Separation and Divorce

Logan Cornett
It is no secret that divorce poses significant problems for those who go through the legal process. The adversarial nature of the legal process can put people at odds with one another and the courts are not well-positioned to provide emotional and future-planning support. IAALS has released a new report detailing the...