The Catholic University of America

Dean Miles Speaks at D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference

Catholic University law school’s Dean Veryl V. Miles presented "The Future of Legal Education: Get Real" at the 2010 D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference held June 10 in Farmington, Pa. Her panel was moderated by Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The dean discussed recent developments in legal education including calls for more integrative teaching methods that would link law studies to law practice, and proposed ABA Standards on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessments, which will require law schools to improve the delivery and assessment of the quality of instruction at their schools.


Dean Miles summarized the fundamental outcomes that all law students should attain by the time they graduate: knowledge, professional skills and professional identity. By highlighting CUA Law’s curriculum and it’s focus on rearing practice-ready graduates, Dean Miles outlined the law practice skills students are exposed to across many of CUA’s integrated course offerings and special programs, such as its clinics, externships, Lawyering Skills Program and Honor Ethics Program.


Dean Miles, who is a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Subcommittee on the Uniform Bar Examination, also informed conference attendees of the pending movement to adopt a Uniform Bar Examination, which would allow for portable test scores in participating jurisdictions.


Dean Miles was joined at the conference by the Hon. Fred B. Ugast; Professors Mary Leary, Elizabeth Winston, and Cara Drinan; and many CUA Law alums. Fellow panelists included Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California Irvine School of Law and Dean David E. Van Zandt of Northwestern University School of Law. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts offered closing remarks for the conference held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in southwestern Pennsylvania.