2014 10th Anniversary Symposium

Law School Survey of Student Engagement
10th Anniversary Symposium
"Data and Assessment in Legal Education: The Necessities, The Possibilities"
November 6-7, 2014
Saint Louis University School of Law
On November 6-7, the Law School Survey of Student Engagement commemorated its 10th anniversary by hosting a symposium titled, "Data and Assessment in Legal Education: The Necessities, The Possibilities". The Symposium was co-sponsored by Access Group, the Law School Admission Council, and Saint Louis University School of Law.

The Symposium featured presentations and interactive panels discussing the growing importance of data-informed decision making in legal education. The focus centered on curricular reforms, enrollment management/student selection strategies, and student services. The symposium provided attendees with insight into how data can be collected and analyzed in tangibly useful ways.

In addition to panel discussions, researchers presented projects that illustrated the usefulness of data collection and assessment.

A copy of the LSSSE Symposium program can be found here: LSSSE Symposium


    Thursday, November 6 (3:00-7:30 PM)

  • 3:00-7:30: Registration
  • 3:00-3:15: Welcome:
    • Aaron N. Taylor
      • Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
      • Director, Law School Survey of Student Engagement
    • Chris Chapman
      • Chief Executive Officer, Access Group
  • 3:15-4:30: Using Data to Demonstrate and Improve the Value of Legal Education
  • 4:35-6:00: Using Data to Predict Enrollment
    • Michael Dean
      • Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer, Mercer School of Law
    • Abby Fitzgerald
      • Founder and Principal, Yellow Arrows, LLC
    • Michelle Mason
      • Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning and Engagement
    • Michael States (moderator)
      • Assistant Dean of Admissions, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • 6:00-7:30: Opening Reception
    Friday, November 7 (8:00 AM-4:15 PM)

  • 8:00-12:30: Registration
  • 8:00-9:20: Breakfast welcome and opening keynote:
    • Mike Wolff
      • Dean, Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Jeffrey E. Lewis
      • Dean Emeritus and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
      • Chair, ABA Standards Committee
  • 9:30-11:00: Using Data to Reform the Curriculum
    • Catherine Carpenter
      • Vice Dean and Professor, Southwestern Law School
      • Member, ABA Standards Review Committee
    • Barry Currier
      • Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education, American Bar Association
      • Member, LSSSE Advisory Board
    • Bryant Garth
      • Professor, UC Irvine School of Law
      • Chair, LSSSE Advisory Board
    • Cassandra Hill
      • Associate Professor and Director of Legal Writing, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    • Elizabeth Pendo (moderator)
      • Vice Dean and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • 11:10-12:30: Data as an Assessment Tool:
    • "Learning From-and About-the Numbers"
    • "A Long-Overdue Medicine for What Ails Legal Education: The Washington & Lee Reformed Third Year"
    • "Northeastern University Outcomes Assessment Project"
      • William Henderson
        • Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law
        • LSSSE Faculty Associate
  • 12:40-2:00: Lunch Presentation of 2014 LSSSE annual report and longitudinal study
  • 2:10-3:30: Using Data to Devise and Assess Admission Criteria
  • 3:40-4:15: Closing Keynote


  • Registration Fee: $60
  • Refund: Cancellations made before October 15th will be refunded, less an administrative fee of $11.
    No refunds will be made after this date, but registrations are transferable.
  • CLE Credit:
  • Question: Contact Aaron N. Taylor, LSSSE Director, ataylo65@slu.edu.
  • Registration for the LSSSE Symposium is now open

Please make hotel arrangements as soon as possible. There is a large conference taking place during the same timeframe as the Symposium, so rooms are filling fast.

The following hotels offer special rates for guests attending events at Saint Louis University:

Hotel Ignacio
3411 Olive
Saint Louis, MO 63103

Renaissance St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63101

Omni Majestic Hotel
1019 Pine
Saint Louis, MO 63101

SLU Law is located in downtown St. Louis at 100 N. Tucker, Saint Louis, MO 63101. Any hotel in the downtown area will put you within walking distance or a short cab ride.

November 4, 2011 - Seton Hall University School of Law

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Understanding your LSSSE Report
Applying your LSSSE Data
Taking Your Data Further
What Can LSSSE Data Do For You
Digging into the data

April 1, 2011 - University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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Audio - LSSSE Users' Workshop in Denver
Making Change Happen Using LSSSE Data
Digging into the Data
Taking Your Data Further
What Can LSSSE Data Do For You

January 8, 2011 - Putting LSSSE to Use

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Audio – Putting LSSSE to Use: A Roundtable of LSSSE Expert Users at AALS 2011 Annual Meeting

April 8, 2010 - Detroit Mercy School of Law Workshop

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Getting Started – Detroit Mercy
Contextualizing Data
SPSS Introduction
Next Steps – Detroit Mercy