"Southwestern Law School Doreen Heyer and Austen Parish"
Scheduling to Enhance Law School Mission and Values Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, California Doreen Heyer Associate Dean for Academic Administration Austen Parrish Vice Dean and Professor of Law An Overview 1. The Mission 2. Enhancing the Mission 3. Nudging Others? 2010 ASSOCIATE DEAN’S CONFERENCE 1. Southwestern’s Mission The Mission Our Formal Mission Statement “The mission of Southwestern Law School is to produce highly-skilled graduates who are capable of integrating theory and practice to meet the challenges of the twenty- first century. Through excellent faculty committed to promoting the highest level of professionalism, Southwestern seeks to create a vibrant academic community with a student-centered approach to legal education.” The Mission Southwestern: Who We Are… • 100 Year History: established in 1911, as the second law school in Los Angeles, in the heart of Los Angeles. • Clear Founding Mission: founded on strong academic and scholarly ambitions, with a mission of providng access to underrepresented groups. • Strength in Diversity: one of the most diverse schools in the nation. • Changes in Legal Education: recognized for our curricular innovations. The Mission Recent History: A Period of Remarkable Change… • Facilities Expansion: $30 mil. campus expansion in late 1990s, plans to build student housing and 5-6 additional campus buildings over next 4-5 years. • Curricular Reform: revamped first-year and upper division curriculum over past 5 years. • Tremendous Growth in Faculty Hiring: a significant amount of lateral and entry-level hiring. The Mission Focusing on Two Aspects of the Mission • Theory to Practice: A Lawyer’s Law School • Flexibility and Choice: Scheduling for Non-traditional Students 2010 ASSOCIATE DEAN’S CONFERENCE 2. Enhancing the Mission Enhancing the Mission Enhancing “Theory to Practice” • A three track legal writing program (“LAWS”). • A first-year elective. • A January Intersession. • Capstone courses. • Floating mini-term courses. • Clinics, externships, practicums. Enhancing the Mission Enhancing Flexibility and Choice • PLEAS: a 4-year, part-time program for students with child-care or elder-care responsibilities. • SCALE: a 2-year, accelerated skills program. • Evening: a 4-year, part-time program for working professionals. • An Online LL.M. Program: an online LL.M. program in Entertainment and Media Law. • Dual Degrees: a 4-year MBA/JD and MAM/JD program with Claremont; and a 3-3 program with Cal. State Dominguez Hills 2010 ASSOCIATE DEAN’S CONFERENCE 3. Nudging: Practical Considerations Practical Considerations Challenges to Implementation • Complexity of scheduling…. • Challenges with co-curricular activities…. • Challenges with academic support…. • Challenges with facilities/space…. • Faculty buy-in (and staff too!)…. • Importance of strategic planning…. Happy to discuss more if helpful… Doreen Heyer firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 738-6801 Austen Parrish email@example.com (213) 738-5728