Law School Innovation Program

Pioneering education innovations.

Preparing students for practice.

Bloomberg Law is on a mission 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.

2022 Finalists

These 10 finalists received the highest overall scores for implementing innovative programs into their curricula that advance new methodologies and approaches to student instruction, legal technology implementation and adoption, experiential learning, and other facets of legal education.

  1. Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP Clinic)
  2. Drake University Law School, First Year Trial Practicum
  3. Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative
  4. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, The National Appellate Clinic Network
  5. Santa Clara University School of Law, Privacy Law Certificate
  6. St. Mary’s University School of Law, St. Mary’s School of Law Online J.D. Program
  7. Suffolk University Law School, Legal Innovation & Technology (LIT) JD Concentration
  8. University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Integrated Education on Well-Being and Thriving in the Law
  9. University of Richmond School of Law, Legal Business Design Hub
  10. Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, Leveraging Technology to Promote Access to Justice Course

Top Scoring Programs by Category

In addition to the overall Law School Innovation Program finalists, Bloomberg Law acknowledges the following law schools and programs, which were the highest-scoring programs and applications in these categories:


We look forward to receiving your applications for our Law School Innovation Program. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that you may find helpful. Please note that we will update these FAQs with more information when the submission window opens on June 1, 2023.

About the Program / Law School Eligibility

Yes, law schools must be ABA-Approved and U.S.-based to apply.
Innovation in the context of law schools is broad, but usually includes teaching and training methods that diverge from the traditional doctrinal legal curriculum and help to further student learning and career preparation. Innovation provides students with opportunities to succeed in today’s ever-changing legal profession by furnishing them with new information and ways to address both recent and longstanding obstacles and issues in the legal field.
This year, our focus is on innovations that teach students skills necessary to be practice-ready, specifically the seven foundational skills intended to be tested by the NextGen Bar Exam beginning in July 2026. These skills are: client counseling and advising, client relationship and management, negotiation and dispute resolution, investigation and evaluation, issue spotting and analysis*, legal research*, and legal writing*. The innovation need not have been created by the applicant law school specifically to prepare students for the NextGen Bar Exam. Rather, any law school programs targeting any or all of the seven foundational skills may apply.

A non-exhaustive list of acceptable innovations: courses; programs; clinics; legal technology programs; experiential learning; seminars; innovation journals; design labs; workshops; collaborative instruction; integrated or innovative curriculum structures.

*Innovations covering issue spotting and analysis, legal research, and/or legal writing should go above and beyond general instruction/entry level LRW courses already included in traditional legal education.
Yes, innovations that were submitted for the 2022 Law School Innovation Program, including those that were chosen as finalists, are eligible for the 2023 Law School Innovation Program, as long as they focus on developing any or all of the seven foundational skills mentioned above.
In late 2023, we will select a group of finalists to honor in early 2024. However, application rankings or scores will not be announced.
A panel of practicing attorneys, recent law school graduates, law school faculty and staff, and experts from Bloomberg Law will review and evaluate applications in order to determine how well the innovations meet the stated criteria in the application. 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).
Some of the benefits for finalists include: promotion in Bloomberg Law articles and on the Law School Innovation Program’s website, promotion on Bloomberg Law’s social media, a Law School Innovation Program finalist badge that can be displayed on the school’s website and marketing materials, among other benefits.

Additional networking opportunities, including participation in webinars and forums, and other benefits will be announced, as applicable.

Submitting Your Program

Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2023, through September 4, 2023, at 8 pm.
The application criteria – and further clarifying FAQs – will be published when the submission window opens on June 1, 2023.
Applications and supplemental materials must be submitted via Qualtrics. Applications submitted via email will not be considered. If you have any issues with the application portal, please direct questions to
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All data files submitted in applications will be downloaded and stored securely on servers owned by Bloomberg Industry Group and its corporate affiliates. For more information on how Bloomberg Industry Group handles personal information please see our Privacy Policy. Only verified and invited users may access the data.
We ask that applicants refrain from including confidential information in their applications. While we will not publicly release or distribute supplemental materials 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. This may include, but is not limited to, quotes from faculty and students, data relating to the program, and professor/administrator titles.
Access to applications will be limited to the Bloomberg Law team members involved in the Law School Innovation Program and application evaluators.
Related innovations that are distinct in nature can be submitted as separate applications. For example, if a law school has an innovation program with different courses or clinics incorporated, either the entire program may be submitted or separate applications may be submitted for individual courses.

It is important to note that only the most impactful innovations will be selected as finalists, so in the aforementioned example, it may better serve the applicant to submit the entire program itself to be judged as a whole, rather than as separate courses. However, there may be valid reasons to separate out and highlight individual courses, and we welcome separate applications in those instances.
We may consider late applications under certain circumstances, but incomplete submissions will not be considered. We will audit submissions and make every effort to inform applicants if they are missing a required element.
No, but you can provide us with the contact information of the professor or program administrator, and we will reach out on your behalf to inform them about the application process. Please direct this information to
No, individual applications or personal information will not be publicly available. However, the finalists will be promoted in Bloomberg Law articles, on the Law School Innovation Program’s website, and in Bloomberg Law social media posts.
No, applying to the program as well as all associated promotional materials for finalists are free for all U.S.-based, ABA-Approved law schools. There is no cost to submit your innovation or be included 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 We are also happy to schedule a call to discuss your questions.