Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Now More Than Ever: Teaching Students Readiness For Future Change

Lead Presenter: Jennifer Lyman


  1. Guadalupe Barrena
  2. Phyllis Goldfarb

Session Abstract: Many legal systems face accelerating change. Many legal education systems have difficulty changing or redesigning to prepare their students to learn the skills of adapting to change. Knowing what the law is (or was) may not help students understand how to practice when the law becomes something else. What kind of teaching prepares students to combine substantive rigor with analytic flexibility? Students taking clinics work in realistic contexts that give them some (supported) experience adapting to the unexpected. Other students have little exposure to the demands for flexibility they may face in real professional work. This session will involve small group exercises and guided discussion to develop tools for helping students transfer what they learn in class and clinic to their work in changing contexts. The goal of the session is to develop and explore a set of teaching methodologies that build students’ adaptive thinking, so that they can function effectively and responsibly when important features of the law, the system, or the case undergo change.

Session Material:

  1. Teaching Adaptive Lawyering session

See full list of abstracts here.