About ETL

Our Mission

To encourage and facilitate innovation in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism.

Why ETL?

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers ("ETL") is dedicated to advancing legal education that trains new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism. By offering a structured and highly collaborative approach, ETL is creating a foundation for ongoing inquiry, exploration, and measurement.

ETL is an initiative of IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. While based at the University of Denver, IAALS and ETL are not part of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. This independence allows us to remain unbiased in our work and focused on national solutions.

We work to align legal education with the needs of an evolving profession by facilitating, evaluating, and promoting law teaching methods designed to produce graduates who are employable and practice-ready; able to meet the needs of their employers, their clients, and society; and prepared to lead and respond to changes in the legal profession throughout their careers.

To do this, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers:

  • Provides a supported platform to promote collaboration among law schools and legal educators;
  • Convenes a diverse group of stakeholders to address the challenges, including educators, deans, practitioners, judges, and clients;
  • Promotes implementation of effective teaching strategies nationwide; and
  • Develops tools to assess student-centered teaching, curricula, and entry-level competencies in law schools.