Welcome to the Holloran Center

The Holloran Center's mission is to provide innovative interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and programs focusing holistically on the formation of both law students and practicing professionals into ethical leaders in their communities. Since its founding in 2006, the Holloran Center has focused on this mission of helping the next generation of lawyers form professional identities grounded in a deep commitment of service to others.

The Holloran Center is at the forefront of a growing national movement focused on greater intentionality in the professional formation of law students. The Holloran Center maintains an ever-expanding universe of resources for law school staff and faculty to take the next step in fostering the ethical professional identities of their students. These resources include the ROADMAP to Meaningful Employment, the Holloran Competency Milestones, and the Learning Outcomes and Professional Development Databases. Our hope is that they will be used to create pedagogical tools and assessment mechanisms and processes to support professional identity formation at law schools across the country.

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ROADMAP to Meaningful Employment

Professor Neil Hamilton has developed and published ROADMAP, a groundbreaking template for law students to use throughout all three years of law school as they prepare themselves to practice law and to find meaningful employment upon graduation. Drawing on the latest research, ROADMAP identifies the competencies desired by law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental departments, that each student should be developing in his/her formative law school years. Click here to learn more.

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Holloran Center Milestones

Working with teams of faculty and staff from multiple law schools, the Holloran Center is in the process of generating stage development rubrics – Holloran Competency Milestones – for some of the most common professional formation learning outcomes identified by law schools. The first round of Holloran Competency Milestones included cultural competency, self-directedness, teamwork/collaboration, integrity, and honoring commitments (as an aspect of professionalism). The second round on which four working groups presently are focused, includes active listening, commitment to pro bono, leadership, and professional communication. Click here to learn more. 

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Learning Outcomes and Professional Development Databases

The Holloran Center is maintaining two databases to support professional formation across law schools. The first is the Learning Outcomes Database – a searchable database of all publicly-available learning outcomes that law schools have published on their webpages. Over time, this will include an archive to show how learning outcomes have evolved across law schools. Click here to learn more. 

The second is the Professional Development Database – a database identifying all the law schools with required first-year courses or programs focused on professional formation or professional development categorized by type of course or program. The Professional Development Database also includes a searchable set of syllabi from those courses or programs for which the principal faculty or staff member at a given law school has been willing to share such resources. Click here to learn more.

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