Recent changes to the ABA Standards require law schools to establish and assess student learning outcomes. Interpretation 315-1 identifies “student evaluation of the sufficiency of their education” as one method that may be used to measure the degree to which students have attained desired learning outcomes. LSSSE’s focus on the student experience provides insight on how the process of legal education affects student development. LSSSE is a valuable measure of the kinds of activities that are empirically associated with student learning and institutional effectiveness.
Accreditation Toolkit. Law schools receive an Accreditation Toolkit, which provides detailed information on how 60 individual LSSSE questions can be used as evidence that your school is satisfying specific standards set forth by the ABA. The Accreditation Toolkit also includes timelines and strategies for using LSSSE in the accreditation and review process.
Accreditation Report. The Accreditation Report provides law schools with functional information for use in the accreditation process. Your law school specific results are organized into three broad categories that reflect core themes in the ABA Standards and Interpretations: (1) Diversity and Inclusion; (2) Program of Legal Education; and (3) Law School Resources. Learn more here.
Since 2003, the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) has administered retrospective surveys to law school students nationwide. Among other things, LSSSE asks students about work habits, classroom experiences, social activities and relationships, and general law school satisfaction. When analyzed properly, LSSSE data serve as a powerful tool for assessing student experiences, learning and performance. The data can also provide a foundation for telling compelling, data-driven stories about the curriculum. See examples of how law schools have used LSSSE data to assess programs and in curricular reform here.