ERIC Number: ED359863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Capstone-Cornerstone Program for Reform of Legal Education at the University of Utah College of Law.
The University of Utah developed and implemented a project for curricular reform at its Law School called "Capstone-Cornerstone." It was designed to provide each year of legal education with a distinctive purpose and a logical progression in the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills, provide different levels of exposure to subjects, and promote diverse teaching and evaluation methods. The program retains the traditional first year curriculum. Most of the traditional second year curriculum was restructured into 13 Cornerstone courses devoted to imparting foundational doctrine and skills necessary for either a well-rounded legal education or advanced third-year studies. Third year Capstone courses provide an advanced and rigorous experience involving extensive research and writing, interdisciplinary breadth, and integration of legal doctrine, lawyering skills and ethics. Judged against the goals originally set to provide a unified educational experience in which the basic skills, knowledge and values are acquired in a coherent fashion, the program was only a qualified success. However, the program did achieve many of its intermediate goals and in certain respects had a positive and potentially long lasting impact on the curriculum. Appendixes contain enrollment reports. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.