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 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.
Albany Law School, Access to Justice through Technology
Albany Law School, Innovation Intensive
Baylor University School of Law, Baylor Law Leadership Development Program
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP Clinic)
California Western School of Law, Integrating the Stages of Reflection Model
Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Teaching Technology to Lawyers and Law to Technologists
DePaul University College of Law, Interdisciplinary Legal Education/JD Certificate in Information Technology, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Drake University Law School, First Year Trial Practicum
Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, The Privacy, Cybersecurity and Compliance Program
Emory University School of Law, TI:GER Program
Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative
Gonzaga University School of Law, The Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce
Harvard Law School, Start-up Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology course
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Apprenticeship Week
Michigan State University College of Law, Center for Law, Technology & Innovation
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Professional Certification Support
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Student Attendance at Tech and Legal Tech Conferences
North Carolina Central University School of Law, The Law & Technology Certificate program
New York Law School, Enhancing Teaching and Learning in a Law School Through Application of Principles for Educational Research
Northeastern University School of Law, NuLawLab
Northern Illinois University College of Law, Business Law Innovation Clinic
Northern Illinois University College of Law, Using Online Resources to Improve Student Learning, Inside and Outside of the Classroom
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Innovation Lab
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Master of Science in Law (MSL)
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, National Appellate Clinic Network
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, San Francisco Immersion Program
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation EventS (SCALES)
Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law, Experiential Learning Program and Requirement
Roger Williams University School of Law, Race and the Foundations of American Law
Santa Clara University School of Law, Privacy Law Certificate
Santa Clara University School of Law, Tech Edge JD Certificate
South Texas College of Law Houston, The Inter-School Negotiation Practicum
Southwestern Law School, “More than the Numbers”: Innovative Approach to Law School Admissions
St. Mary’s University School of Law, St. Mary’s School of Law Online J.D. Program
University of St Thomas School of Law (MN), Compliance Concentration
Suffolk University Law School, Suffolk University Law School Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate
Suffolk University Law School, Legal Innovation & Technology (LIT) JD Concentration
Suffolk University Law School, Legal Innovation & Technology Lab
Syracuse University College of Law, Innovation Law Center
Syracuse University College of Law, Orange Flex Program
Syracuse University College of Law, The National Trial League
Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, PechaKucha
University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law, Innovation for Justice
University of California Hastings College of the Law, Concentration in Technology and Innovation in the Practice of Law
University of California Hastings College of the Law, LexLab
University of California Hastings College of the Law, The Startup Legal Garage
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Law + Innovation Lab
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, The Law Firm Program courses
University of Illinois College of Law, Course on Empirical Methods in Law
University of Minnesota Law School, Law in Practice
University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law, Hybrid JD Program
University of Oklahoma College of Law, OU Law Digital Initiative
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Future Law Project
University of Richmond School of Law, Legal Business Design Hub
University of Tennessee College of Law, Institute for Professional Leadership
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Creative Advocacy Lab
University of Washington School of Law, Tech Policy Lab
University of Wisconsin Law School, Legal Technology Externship via Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, Professor Amy Emerson’s course, Leveraging Technology to Promote Access to Justice
Widener University Delaware Law School, Dignity Rights Clinic
Widener University Delaware Law School, Dignity Law Program
Applications will be evaluated on four criteria, each equally weighted:
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.
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.
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.
Applications are closed for this year’s program. Finalists will be announced in early 2023.