Dean Deanell Tacha: “Ten Years of IAALS: Collaboration to Drive the Future of Legal Education” (IAALS Online Issues Blog)

June 20, 2016 — Pepperdine Law Dean Deanell Reece Tacha contributed an article to the University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) Online Issues Blog titled “Ten Years of IAALS: Collaboration to Drive the Future of Legal Education.”  In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the IAALS is featuring guest posts from its colleagues and partners highlighting its accomplishments and national impact.

From IAALS Online Issues Blog:

Deans of law schools throughout the nation are faced with unprecedented challenges in legal education: significant restructuring in the legal employment market, high student debt loads, dramatic declines in applicants for admission, rapid technological advances, students who learn in new ways, shifting accreditation standards, national ranking systems, and concerns from the bench and bar about the preparedness of new lawyers. Against this background, it is so critical that deans have a forum to interact with each other, practitioners, judges, a variety of legal employers, and the many parties interested in and committed to the future of legal education.

IAALS and Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers provide that forum at this critical time.

Pepperdine Law’s membership in the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium has given me and many of my faculty members rich opportunities to learn from and share with the other 30+ law schools who comprise the group and who have common concerns and seek constructive responses to the many challenges we collectively face.

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