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Monday, August 27, 2012

The 20 Most Innovative Law Schools

20 InnovativeThe September 2012 issue of The National Jurist lists The 20 Most Innovative Law Schools:

Driven by sharp criticism, a challenging job market and a significant drop in applications during the past two years, law schools are moving forward with innovative ideas that were quashed only a few years ago.

Law schools are experimenting with distance learning, alternative degrees and changes to the standard model of three years in the classroom. We invited every law school to explain how it is innovating its curriculum. More than 40 responded, with the results showing innovation is at an early stage, but growing at a fast pace. Legal educators are no longer just talking about change -- they are taking the first steps to make it happen.

Here, we celebrate the 20 law schools at the cutting edge -- those that are trying new things in an effort to improve legal education.

  • Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Denver
  • District of Columbia
  • Elon
  • Hamline
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana-Bloomington
  • Loyola-L.A.
  • New York Law School
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio Northern
  • Penn State
  • Phoenix
  • Southwestern
  • Stanford
  • Syracuse
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Tulane
  • Utah

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These include a number of unranked schools in the bottom quartile. Innovation is not important for those schools unless it translates directly to (1) improved bar passage rates; and (2) improved hiring rates for new graduates.

Posted by: Andy Patterson | Aug 27, 2012 7:04:52 AM

How's this for innovative? Cut class size?

Posted by: None | Aug 27, 2012 9:57:03 AM