CLEA initiated a project to develop a statement of best practices in 2001 by appointing a steering committee chaired by Roy Stuckey. Each new draft was posted on the internet and suggestions for improving the document were widely solicited. Many people made suggestions, and some even drafted segments that were incorporated into the document. As the document evolved, presentations about it were made at a variety of meetings and conferences, and the document was the subject of a national conference at Pace University School of Law in March 2005, as well as several CLEA-sponsored workshops.

The product of the drafting phase, Roy Stuckey and Others, Best Practices for Legal Education (2007), can be viewed or downloaded below. While supplies last, hard copies can also be obtained free of charge by emailing Roy Stuckey.

CLEA created the Best Practices Implementation Committee to develop strategies for persuading law schools to implement best practices for legal education. The Committee is co-chaired by Carrie Kaas (, Quinnipiac) and Lisa Bliss (, Georgia State). If you have any ideas that might help the Committee succeed, they would be glad to hear from you.

Best Practices (Full book in English)
Best Practices (Full book in Russian)

.PDFs by CHAPTER (English)
Cover and front material
Chapter One: Reasons for Developing a Statement of Best Practices
Chapter Two: Best Practices for Setting Goals of the Program of Instruction
Chapter Three: Best Practices for Organizing the Program of Instruction
Chapter Four: Best Practices for Delivering Instruction, Generally
Chapter Five: Best Practices for Experiential Courses
Chapter Six: Best Practices for Non-experiential Teaching Methods
Chapter Seven: Best Practices for Assessing Student Learning 
Chapter Eight: Best Practices for Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
Chapter Nine: Components of a "Model" Best Practices Curriculum
Conclusion: The Road Ahead 

Also visit the Best Practices Blog. The Best Practices Implementation Co-Chairs are Carrie Kaas (Quinnipiac) and Lisa Bliss (Georgia State).


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