A law school can best achieve excellence and have the most effective academic program when it possesses a clear mission, a plan to achieve that mission, and the capacity and willingness to measure its success or failure. Absent a defined mission and the identification of attendant student and institutional outcomes, a law school lacks focus and its curriculum becomes a collection of discrete activities without coherence.
Irene Scharf & Vanessa Merton, Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It: Taking Law School Mission Statements Seriously, 56 Washburn L. J. 289 (2017).
Originally published by Washburn Law Journal in 2017.