Luke Bierman authors column on legal education for The National Jurist magazine
"There’s a better way to do this, and it starts with a redesigned curriculum grounded in the realities of being a modern lawyer."
Elon University School of Law Dean Luke Bierman has published a column for The National Jurist magazine where he calls for new approaches to legal education rooted in experiential learning, leadership skills development, mentoring and career guidance.
"How to design an experience-based future for legal education" appeared online on March 25, 2016, and will also be featured in an upcoming edition of the print magazine.
From the column:
"At Elon Law we undertook a comprehensive review and analysis of our whole educational program, which led to an ambitious redesign of our curriculum for the 21st century student. Experiential education is now part of the foundation and fabric of Elon Law, providing every student with first-year labs, attorney mentors, team-based legal problem solving for real-world organizations, bridge-to-practice courses, leadership training, four-member advising teams and full-time residencies in practice.
"Our belief is that practical training enables students to develop mature judgment and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances that will emerge in the decades ahead. We need to develop lawyers capable of navigating a changing profession, an evolving economy and new cultural norms. To do that, the modern law student must experience the intersections of law, business and society, sensing the pressures for adaptation and learning ways to solve complex and evolving modern problems."