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Sturm College of Law


Legal education, Legal research and writing, Assessment, Lawyering skills


The American Bar Association is currently discussing drafts of a proposal to shift the law school accreditation standards from inputs measurements (such as numbers of books, faculty student ratios, etc.) to outcomes assessment. While still in discussion, this shift has the potential to create profound change in legal education. For the first time, law schools may be held accountable – beyond the bar exam – for what and how they teach their students. Law schools all across the country are busy trying to determine what this will mean, and how to go about meeting the new ABA standard.

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Originally published as David I.C. Thomson, Outcomes & Assessment: A Golden Opportunity for LRW Professors, 24 SECOND DRAFT 4 (2011), a publication of the Legal Writing Institute, available at: Copyright is held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.