Friday, November 24, 2017
Irene Scharf (Massachusetts) & Vanessa Merton (Pace), "Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It . . .": Taking Law School Mission Statements Seriously, 56 Washburn L.J. 289 (2017):
[W]e have constructed a Word Cloud showcasing the key themes embodied in these statements. Take a look.
Learning about the process and the results of mission definition in law schools has made palpable the tension between clarity and inflexibility, candor and marketing concerns, and the specificity that fosters accountability as opposed to the generality that embraces a vague multitude of approaches to the law school endeavor. Building on the strong endorsement of the use of mission statements in the original Best Practices for Legal Education, we present some “Best Practices” for both the development and the content of law school mission statements. We hope that this piece hastens further conversation and commentary that will foster a richer and more mindful perspective on this necessary — and potentially transformative — task of legal educators.