9.12.2013

PreLaw Magazine Cites Center for Ethical Formation as an ‘Innovative Idea’ for Law School Reform

PreLaw magazine, a premier publication for prospective law students, recently highlighted Regent University School of Law’s Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Reform in its “Back to School” issue.

The issue explores 25 new ideas law schools are advancing to recast legal education by incorporating skills and training that will better equip students to practice law after graduation.

“We are pleased with the recognition in preLaw magazine, as it is another indicator of how legal education is experiencing a needed renaissance in its focus on the character formation of law students,” says Professor Natt Gantt, co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation.

Regent Law’s Center for Ethical Formation is at the vanguard of legal education reform.

Drawing on the principles outlined in the Carnegie Foundation’s landmark report, “Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law,” the Center for Ethical Formation develops the ethical framework necessary for students to achieve the highest standards of competence and professionalism.

“The literature on legal education is reporting that character, values, and integrity are as indicative of a lawyer’s effectiveness, if not more so, than intellectual aptitude,” says Professor Benjamin Madison, co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation. “Regent has known this for some time. Developing students to be virtuous lawyers has always been a hallmark of Regent Law's approach to preparing law students for practice.

Gantt adds, “We intend the Center for Ethical Formation to be a leading voice in this movement. We are excited about how Regent Law can contribute to this dialogue in the legal academy and legal profession and, through this dialogue, improve our own curriculum and programmatic offerings.”

Read more about the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Reform. Access preLaw’s “Back to School” issue here.