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Denver Law to launch new EXPERIENTIAL ADVANTAGE CURRICULUM

In the fall of 2013, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will launch its new Experiential Advantage Curriculum™, which will allow students to spend a full year of their law school career in real or simulated practice settings. By the time they graduate, students will have a year’s worth of legal practice experience. “Denver Law […]


A Message from Dean Martin J. Katz – Choosing Denver Law: Myths v. Facts

Last year, contributing writer Shawn O’Connor stated in Forbes magazine – a respected source on value investing – that, despite its cost, a law school education is a “relatively low-risk investment that will have an impact on your future and can pay exceptional dividends over a lifetime.”[1] This advice seems to fly in the face […]


The Case for Practical Legal Education

Dean Marty Katz recently penned a community-wide response to a recent article in the New York Times by David Segal (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/business/after-law-school-associates-learn-to-be-lawyers.html?_r=1&ref=davidsegal). In the article, Segal points to a lack of “practical training” in current law school curriculums.  Says Segal: “Law schools have long emphasized the theoretical over the useful, with classes that are often overstuffed with antiquated distinctions, like the variety […]


“Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” Will Change How Law Students Are Trained

Denver, Colo. – The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver today launches a unique, national initiative to change the way law schools educate students. “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” provides a platform to encourage law schools in the U.S. to showcase innovative teaching to produce more practice-ready lawyers […]


Legal Education Experts Recommend Integrated Learning and Assessment

Legal Education Experts Recommend Integrated Learning and Assessment

The Carnegie Report of 2007. The Carnegie Report facilitated dialogue among faculty about how to prepare the lawyers of the future. This dialogue focuses on how to integrate three “apprenticeships” in legal education: (1) cognitive/ doctrinal; (2) skills; and (3) professional identity (understanding and embracing the role of the lawyer, both as a representative of […]


The Strategic Planning Process

The Strategic Planning Process

 The University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) commits to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and to producing graduates who are practice-ready and equipped to lead in our profession and our society. Denver Law engaged in a strategic planning process from July 2009 through May 2010. The process was led by Dean Martin […]


Increasing Competition in Legal Education

Increasing Competition in Legal Education

There is a growing expectation that law schools must prepare graduates to engage effectively with clients, colleagues and the community from day one on the job. Required skills include not just an understanding of legal doctrine and skills; competitivegraduates must also understand business development, business management, client relationships, and collaborative problem-solving. Law schools are striving […]


Increasing Competition in Legal Practice

Increasing Competition in Legal Practice

VALUE Focus. Clients are increasingly focused on the value of legal services. While this focus may initially have been the product of an economic downturn, most experts believe that value-based attitudes are here to stay. This focus is most apparent in alternative fee structures, but it is also manifest in changes in the type of […]


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