Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

Helping Each Student Internalize the Core Values and Ideals of the Profession

Sponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Univ. of Denver


Sunday, July 7, 2013
5:00 PM - 11:00 AM


Gainey Conference Center, Owatonna, Minnesota (approximately one hour from downtown Minneapolis)

Map to the Gainey Center in Owatonna


No charge

Overall Objective of the Workshop:  This is the first in a series of several workshops. The overall objective of the several workshops from 2013 – 2016 is to foster the growth of a critical mass at twenty or more law schools of at least four full-time faculty committed to increasing their school’s emphasis in the curriculum, culture and pedagogy on each student’s professional formation. This would create a field and a spearhead for much wider change in this direction for legal education. Success at creating a field and spearhead in legal education will be a model for similar efforts in other M.B.A. education.

Individual Workshop Objectives for Each Law School’s Team:

  1. Understand the empirical data, including the competency models that legal employers are using to evaluate new lawyers, on the importance of each student’s professional formation in law school.
  2. Understand the role of culture and “the hidden curriculum” within law school with respect to each student’s professional formation.
  3. Learn about curriculum, culture and pedagogies that are empirically shown to be most effective across higher education for the professions in fostering professional formation.
  4. Identify specific factors at each school that may positively or negatively affect each student’s professional formation.
  5. Prepare an individual action plan to enhance professional formation in courses each participant teaches.
  6. Prepare a law school action plan to foster positive change in the law school curriculum and culture toward the professional formation of each student.
  7. Develop methods of assessing progress in fostering each student’s professional formation.
  8. Discuss the elements of a strategic plan to change the paradigm of legal education generally toward professional formation including what empirical research, conferences, conference panels or other steps would be the most useful.