Mission Statement

The purpose of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers is to encourage and facilitate innovation in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism.

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers ("ETL") is fully staffed and based at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System ("IAALS") at the University of Denver, an independent and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the process and culture of the legal system.

William Sullivan, lead author of the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report Educating Lawyers, is the Director of ETL. Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and Executive Director of IAALS, together with Martin J. Katz, Dean of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law serve with William Sullivan on the ETL Executive Committee.

Aims of the Project

Our effort focuses on integrating years of insights and knowledge, as well as sharing current educational models. By offering a structured and highly collaborative approach, ETL is creating a foundation for ongoing inquiry, exploration and measurement. To further these aims we have created a rich website at educatingtomorrowslawyers.edu

The Carnegie Model

The Carnegie Model of legal education supports courses and curricula that integrate three sets of values or ‘apprenticeships’: knowledge, practice and professional identity.

The first apprenticeship consists of the intellectual training needed to learn the academic knowledge base important to legal thinking and practice. The second apprenticeship involves learning to practice law in various professional contexts. The third apprenticeship initiates students into the social roles, ethical standards, and responsibilities that underlie the fundamental purposes of the profession of law.

Widely embraced as a best practice model for legal education innovation, and one that reliably prepares lawyers for the evolving demands of the profession, ETL is leveraging the Carnegie Model and the work of law schools and professors committed to legal education reform to build and improve new approaches to teaching.

Advisory Committee

The ETL Advisory Committee will consist of nationally prominent academics, in house counsel, lawyers in private and government practice, judges and deans. They will bring a broad perspective relating to the skills and knowledge expected of lawyers in the evolving profession, as well as the methods necessary to educate, measure outcomes and share successes. Together, the Advisory Committee and the ETL staff will shape the future of the ETL initiative to serve the mission.

ETL Pamphlet (pdf)