Standard 303(c) of the ABA Law School Accreditation Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools (Effective February 2022) states:
“A law school shall provide education to law students on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism:
(1) at the start of the program of legal education, and
(2) at least once again before graduation. For students engaged in law clinics or field placements, the second educational occasion will take place before, concurrently with, or as part of their enrollment in clinical or field placement courses.”
Since early June, an ad hoc committee of clinicians and stakeholders from across the US have come together to share experiences and learning opportunities, and brainstorm on planning for how to best accomplish the goal the new standard.
Thursday, Aug 11, 2022 - Faculty, staff, and administrators from across the country met virtually to share their responses to ABA Accreditation Standard 303’s mandates regarding law school instruction on professional identity, bias, cultural competency and humility, and racism.
Panelists described efforts they are making in their clinics, externships, experiential skills courses, professional responsibility and other courses, and 1L orientations; and more broadly throughout their schools. A Q&A followed a series of brief presentations.
Structured in this way, the meeting provided an overview of a range of strategies being utilized as well as descriptions of specific offerings to provide examples of ways to adapt current practices and/or create new ones in response to the new accreditation standards. The goal was to create a forum to share best practices, and encourage educators to be creative and fearless as they embark on what is seen as an opportunity to radically change law school curricula and focus.
All materials can be viewed and downloaded online.
To contribute materials to the collection, please upload documents using our online form.
Orientation or Other 1L Offerings
Clinic, Externship or Other Experiential Offerings
Elective Courses and Offerings
Resources and Other Materials
* Cultural Competence Now: 56 Exercises to Help Educators Understand and Challenge Bias, Racism, and Privilege by Vernita Mayfield (Author)
Non course-related materials, helpful resources, and will be shared online. [Please note that this page is not active but will be updated after our August 11, 2022, meeting.]