Innovation in Legal Education and Practice

Innovation in Legal Education and Practice

Professor Scott Westfahl
Fall 2015 course
T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3016
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None.

Exam type: No exam.

Note: The first class on 9/8 will take place in Griswold 110. Beginning 9/15 through the end of the semester, the course will meet in Wasserstein 3016.

Innovation in Legal Education and Practice will have students work in small teams to develop proposals for innovations in either legal education or legal practice. The course will begin with team dynamics and preparing the teams to innovate together. The course will draw upon expertise from other disciplines around design innovation, including psychology and neuroscience. The goal is to understand what makes for well functioning teams and how such teams can more quickly and more effectively reach innovative breakthroughs.

The second phase of the course will focus on providing support for the teams through a variety of experts on legal education and legal practice. We will have informational sessions about various innovations happening in the law to help give context. Finally, as students develop focus for their projects, the faculty will actively coach them and provide them with learning around how to build and present an effective business proposal. Students will be challenged at the end of the semester to present their proposals in an interactive forum to panels of expert judges.

Presentations at the end of the course will be judged on the following criteria: innovation, practicality, impact, and quality of presentation. Students will also receive professional feedback on their ideas.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice