Goal One: Preparing Students for Success

strategic plan goal one

Be a national leader in preparing students for success in rapidly changing professional environments by infusing our law program with innovative pedagogy, experiential learning and professional development.

Georgia State Law is known for delivering a high quality, practice-based legal education that prepares students for the demands of the profession. As contemporary law practice evolves, so too must our approach to teaching while remaining true to the fundamental principles that serve as the hallmarks of a well-rounded legal education. The college will meet this challenge by immersing every student in substantive explorations of the law that are broad-based and cutting-edge, and in experiential learning opportunities that comprehensively engage in or model the work of legal professionals in the modern world. In addition, the College of Law will develop identified pathways through the curriculum that progressively builds student proficiency in specialized fields and develops skills that are relevant to modern practice environments. We will provide students with coordinated curricular advisement and mentoring that enables each student to follow a coherent and personalized path. This combination of preparation in substantive knowledge, application of professional skills and professional judgment should enhance career opportunities for students and enable them to practice at the highest level in a variety of dynamic and rapidly changing environments.

We will build on the strong teaching culture that has been the hallmark of the College of Law faculty since its founding. We will provide faculty with the methods, encouragement and support structure necessary to foster innovative teaching that meets the educational needs of the students of today and tomorrow. We will continuously educate ourselves on changes in legal education and law practice, engage in the national discussion on best practices in teaching, provide resources and incentives for excellent teaching, and encourage outside evaluation and development of our teaching skills.
We will strengthen and build upon our curriculum to prepare students to effectively engage in the complex realities of modern practice. We will develop experiential opportunities and employ innovative pedagogy to blend the teaching of doctrine with the development of practice-related competencies and professional judgment. We will explore and seize upon new opportunities to grow our programs, particularly those presented by our location in Atlanta. We also will coordinate and leverage the strengths of our existing experiential learning opportunities, including clinics, externships (using broader formats and locales), capstone courses and simulated law practice experiences to provide all students with the opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills in meaningful contexts.
By increasing the availability of experiential learning opportunities for our students, we will enhance learning outcomes, and position the college to explore and adopt expanded transition to practice options in the upper level curriculum characterized by immersion in practice settings, capstone courses and simulations, as well as a stronger partnership with the practicing bar. Our broader, innovative curriculum will enable us to consider requiring a clinical or other experiential learning opportunity for every student and prepare students for success as highly knowledgeable, competent, ethical, legal professionals.
The College of Law will strengthen and enhance the transparency of its curriculum by developing recommended pathways that comprehensively build students’ skill development, substantive knowledge and professional judgment over the course of their legal studies. In addition, we will group related course offerings into elective certificate programs that allow students to gain depth in particular areas of interest, potentially enhance their marketability post-graduation and benefit from the guidance of faculty experts in their chosen field of study.
For students to take full advantage of the opportunities in the curriculum, they must first be aware of the range of available options. We will develop a more robust faculty advisement program to ensure that students receive adequate mentoring and guidance in course selection and professional development. This coordinated approach will facilitate students’ thoughtful progression from the first year of law school to success as new graduates.

Goal Two: Enhancing Scholarly Contributions

——————————————————-

Goal Three: Serve
as a Dynamic Hub

——————————————————-

Goal Four: Increase Global Awareness for Graduates

——————————————————-

Goal Five: Adapt and Lead in
Rapidly Changing Markets

——————————————————-