The coursework at Yale Law School is changing—and it may be for the better. According to an article on Law.com, the institution launched the Tsai Leadership Program on November 3, which it hopes will prepare students for traditional legal practice and nontraditional paths. The program brings new courses, professional development opportunities, and traditions to the law school that its dean says “will support a new generation of changemakers, equipping them to meet the challenges to come while carrying forward the highest ideals of the law school.”
The article says it was actually the law school’s dean, Heather K. Gerken, who came up with the idea for the program after traveling the country and speaking with hundreds of alumni. She says they recognized that graduates now need a broader knowledge base and skill set than the school’s traditional legal education provides, especially with the changing society.
The Tsai Leadership Program stems from a partnership between the law school and a few of its alumni: Joe and Clara Wu Tsai, Gene and Carol Ludwig, and Michael and Alexa Chae. And it led to the creation of the Carol and Gene Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership and the Michael S. and Alexa B. Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership, according to the Law.com article. It also says that both the Ludwig Program and the Chae Initiative have tremendous opportunities for students pursuing roles in the public and private sectors.
The article says the Tsai Leadership program is open to all law students at Yale and includes courses in the following: statistics, globalization, accounting, corporate finance, ethics, Big Data, and emerging issues related to technological change. However, the school’s dean says this is only an inaugural slate of courses, and they will be scaling up the new program in the coming months: “Our faculty now has the resources to dream a new curriculum into existence,” said Gerken.
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