Students are the lifeblood of legal education. This basic proposition is worthy of emphasis because the student perspective is too often missing from discussions of the future of legal education. Law school reform efforts, premised on benefiting students, are scarcely made with a holistic understanding of the student experience. Broadening this understanding is where LSSSE comes in.
One of the central aims of LSSSE is to provide valid and reliable insights about legal education, from the perspective of students. We are particularly interested in student perceptions of the effects and impacts of their law school experiences.
Our flagship service is the LSSSE Survey. Since 2004, over 310,000 students from 196 law schools in the U.S., Canada, and Australia have responded to the Survey. This is the largest such dataset, and it represents a wealth of valuable insights. The LSSSE Survey focuses on teaching, learning, and interactive methods that extensive research conclude are linked to student performance.
For law schools, LSSSE provides an array of assessment tools. Through the LSSSE Survey, schools can acquire critical information about the experiences of their students. Through our consulting services, we help law schools maximize the tangible usefulness of their Survey data.
And again, all of this is premised on bringing the student voice to the fore. The last few years have brought about much soul searching and reflection within legal education. Schools have been forced to consider their future in the context of new realities. Central to this process has been the consideration of how legal education can better serve students.
At LSSSE, we remain committed to helping law schools understand their students and the effects of their programs. We also remain committed to amplifying the student voice. As legal education moves into the future, the student perspective must help inform the path forward.
-Aaron N. Taylor