Law School Innovation Program

In early 2023, Bloomberg Law will recognize selected law schools that have implemented innovative programs into their curricula that advance new methodologies and approaches to student instruction, legal technology implementation and usage, experiential learning, and other facets of legal education.



We at Bloomberg Law value innovation in legal education and are excited to announce our call for applications for our Law School Innovation Program.

Mission

We want to identify, recognize, and connect law school faculty, staff, and administrators who are pioneering educational innovations that benefit their students, their schools, and the legal field. Through the Law School Innovation Program, we seek to acknowledge these innovators while raising overall awareness of innovation in legal education.

Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on four criteria, each equally weighted:

Innovation

The extent to which the innovation is a new approach to legal education. The level of originality the innovation provides as a teaching method, experiential learning program, implementation of new technology, or other new approaches to legal education.

Impact on Students

The impact the innovation has on students, both during law school and beyond. For example, the metrics (qualitative or quantitative) you collect and how they demonstrate the impact the innovation has had on student learning and development.

Ability to Advance the Legal Industry

The extent to which the innovation serves to advance or improve the legal industry. The degree to which the innovation solves problems or addresses deficiencies in legal instruction, scholarship, or pedagogy – better preparing students for their careers.

Replicability

The extent to which the innovation can be scaled so that students at other schools can benefit. The degree to which an innovation’s tenets can be embraced at other law schools and benefit more students.

Submission Instructions and General Information:

To be eligible, applicants must be from a U.S. law school and innovations must not be commercial in nature or for-profit. Schools and individuals may submit multiple applications, but each innovation may have only one application associated with it. There are no fees associated with applying to this program.

Each application must include the following:

  • The applicant(s)’s name, academic institution, and contact information (email, phone number, and office address).
  • The name of the innovation.
  • Four 500-word responses that explain and highlight how the innovation meets the four evaluation criteria (i.e., one 500-word response each on innovation, impact on students, ability to advance legal industry, and replicability).
  • Note: word count will be strictly observed for each response.

The following supplemental materials may be included with each application, but are not required:

  • A supplemental video no longer than five minutes that highlights the innovation.
  • Up to 10 supplemental written materials that are used in or about the innovation (e.g., a course syllabus, course materials, student testimonials). Please see the FAQ page for more information on supplemental material submissions.

Please submit your applications here via Qualtrics by our deadline, which has been extended to 8 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2022.

Questions? Review our Frequently Asked Questions. For all other inquiries, please email innovation@bloombergindustry.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

A nonexhaustive list of acceptable innovations: courses, programs, clinics, legal technology programs, experiential learning, seminars, innovation journals, design labs, and workshops.

A panel of practicing attorneys, recent law school graduates, law school faculty and staff, legal technology professionals, and experts from Bloomberg Law will review and evaluate applications to determine how well the innovations meet the four evaluation criteria – innovation, impact on students, ability to advance the legal industry, and replicability. Innovations with the highest scores will be selected as finalists. We will be evaluating what schools have done to change or improve the way law is taught by looking at both the content (what they are teaching) and the method (how they are teaching it).

Any related information may be included, as long as the response does not exceed the word count and is relevant to the prompt at hand.

We ask that applicants refrain from including confidential information in their applications. While we will not publicly release or distribute supplemental materials or videos included with applications without permission, Bloomberg Law may use information from an application’s written responses to the prompts for promotional purposes if an innovation is selected as a finalist.

The Bloomberg Law team is here to support you throughout the entire application process. Should you have any questions or feedback, you may contact the team at innovation@bloombergindustry.com. We are also happy to schedule a call to discuss your questions.
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