Featured Guest
Rodney Smolla

Rodney Smolla is Dean and Professor of Law at the Delaware Law School of Widener University, in Wilmington, Delaware....

Your Host
Stephanie Francis Ward

Stephanie Francis Ward, a legal affairs writer, joined the ABA Journal staff in 2001. Stephanie had worked as a...

Episode Notes

Ten years ago, Rodney Smolla was featured as a Legal Rebel for leading an innovative plan at Washington and Lee University School of Law to eliminate traditional third-year coursework and replace it with experiential learning. Many law schools opened clinics in the 1970s and 1980s, according to Smolla, but when Washington and Lee revised its 3L coursework in 2009, legal education for the most part had been unchanged for the past century. People had long thought that it was time for change, regardless of whether they were for or against experiential learning, Smolla tells the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Nexa and Thomson Reuters Westlaw Edge.

Brought to You by
Newsletter

Notify me when there’s a new episode!

Episode Details
Published: August 14, 2019
Podcast: ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
Category: Best Legal Practices
Podcast
ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
ABA Journal: Legal Rebels

In depth interviews with innovative pioneers in the legal profession.

Listen & Subscribe
Recent Episodes
10/16/19
Criminal justice experts hope tech can more easily help people expunge prior convictions and arrests

Colleen Chien and Sarah Lageson talk about their research into the modern trials and tribulations of expungement, sealing and criminal records.

09/18/19
Exploring new frontiers in research for the legal industry

Bob Ambrogi and Andrew Arruda talkĀ about how new technology and artificial intelligence can help legal research.

08/14/19
How experiential learning became the norm

The past 10 years have brought a sea change to legal education, says Legal Rebel Rodney Smolla.

07/17/19
What’s your brand? Max Miller has some thoughts

Max Miller give his thoughts on how to be a 'thought leader' without having to brand it on your Linkedin page.

06/12/19
Avvo founder Mark Britton unwinds as he thinks about next step

Mark Britton, founder of Avvo, gives listeners a dive into the company and talks about what his next steps will be while he's taking...

05/15/19
David Van Zandt has made a career out of touching third rails in higher ed

Whether grappling with political issues of the day or an oppositional faculty, David Van Zandt has continually forged ahead for the changes he believes...