OU’s Digital Initiative Among 12 Programs Recognized for Innovation Advancing the Legal Industry Through Education
NORMAN, OKLA. — The University of Oklahoma today announced that it has been named a finalist in Bloomberg Law’s second annual Law School Innovation Program. OU is one of 12 finalists recognized for implementing and leading innovative programs into their curricula that advance new methodologies and approaches to student instruction, legal technology implementation and usage, experiential learning and other facets of legal education.
“Bloomberg Law is pleased to recognize the University of Oklahoma for its commitment to the future of the legal industry by naming them as a Law School Innovation Program finalist,” said Joe Breda, president of Bloomberg Law. “OU’s Digital Initiative is a key example of the innovation that is needed for legal education to keep up with the demands of the legal market.”
“By integrating new technologies with our robust digital platform, we are positioned to equip students with the tools needed to thrive in today’s legal landscape,” said Sean Harrington, director of technology innovation at OU Law.
“The days of paper documents are rapidly coming to an end,” said Kenton Brice, director of the OU Law Library. “More and more, lawyers are going to be working with digital documents and they have to have the tools and the training to make the best of new technologies.
“Our goal is to ensure that every member of our community is proficient in utilizing this technology to its full potential, enhancing both their academic and professional legal endeavors.”
Bloomberg Law received nearly 50 applications from 35 schools across over 20 states that were evaluated by a panel of internal and external experts, including Bloomberg Law analysts and industry authorities from all segments of the legal ecosystem.
This year, inspired by the upcoming NextGen Bar Exam, the program’s call for submissions asked schools to share innovations aimed at teaching students foundational lawyering skills. Innovations submitted for consideration were grouped into four categories: changing pedagogy, beyond the law, immersive experience, and career pathing.
The 2023-2024 Law School Innovation finalists were recognized based on the criteria of innovation and impact on students and the legal industry.
More information about Bloomberg Law’s Law School Innovation Program and the inaugural class of honorees is available at aboutblaw.com/bcrq.
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