The Center for Excellence in Law Teaching, at Albany Law School in Albany, NY, is hosting its first conference on March 29 -30, 2012. The title of the conference is "Setting and Assessing Learning Objectives from Day One."
The conference will focus on an important topic in legal education, that of outcomes assessment. Over the last several years, the American Bar Association has been debating several versions of additions to its accreditation standards relating to assessment. (The first draft of the standards was unveiled at the Legal Education at the Crossroads: Assessment Conference at the University of Denver in September, 2009). Despite considerable resistance from the legal academy, it looks like the ABA is going to pass some form of outcomes-based assessment standards.
Which means legal educators need to understand what is going to be required, and how to go about starting and managing the assessment process. That is what this conference is going to be about.
To view the program, click here. I will be the opening keynote speaker on Thursday night, as the conference begins. My topic is "Update on Outcomes Reform in Legal Education." More information on the conference, and a link to register, can be found here.