The Art of the Practical
Dean’s-level role focuses on experiential education
Associate Dean for Experiential Education Kim McLaurin, who also directs the Law School’s Clinical Programs, has been asked to look at the school’s experiential offerings—clinics, internships, simulation courses, and other hands-on learning opportunities—to ensure that Suffolk Law’s students continue to develop the skills that have long helped the School’s graduates stand out.
WHY WAS THE POSITION CREATED? WHAT WILL YOUR PRIORITIES BE IN THIS ROLE?
“I would say it’s a joint vision of mine and Dean Perlman to ensure that, while our students are in law school, they are gaining real-world practical experiences across the curriculum. For example, let’s say there’s a paradigm shift in dispute resolution training [Suffolk Law is ranked #17 in Dispute Resolution by U.S. News]. How do we ensure that our curriculum responds? The Accelerator-to-Practice Program is tapping into real-world innovations in legal technology and process improvement. How do we incorporate those developments into the curriculum? In other words, how do we ensure that Suffolk Law’s students continue to receive the practical, experience-based learning opportunities that they need for success?”
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