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Concordia U. School of Law Selected for National Project

BOISE, Idaho - Concordia University School of Law has reached an agreement, along with five other law schools, with The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), to develop a course kit as a part of the Access to Justice Clinical Course Project (A2J Clinic Project). Other schools selected include Columbia Law School, CUNY School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, UNC School of Law, and the University Of Miami School Of Law.

"We're pleased that Concordia Law's excellent program is gaining nationwide recognition in legal education in its first year," Dean Cathy R. Silak said following the announcement. "It is a privilege to partner with schools, like Columbia and Georgetown that have been around for more than 100 years and are universally recognized as some of the very best in American education, and others, like CUNY, which are well known for their excellence in clinical work and practical legal education. This is a great opportunity for all six law schools to work together, building on the excellent work pioneered by CALI and IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law."

Each participating institution will develop and document a course model that uses A2J Author to teach its students how technology tools can be used to lower barriers to justice for low-income, self-represented litigants. CALI will use those course models to assist other law schools in establishing A2J Clinical Courses as a permanent part of their law school curriculum.

A2J Author is a software tool developed by CALI and the Center for Access to Justice & Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to deliver greater access to justice for self-represented litigants by enabling lawyers and law students to rapidly build user-friendly web-based document assembly tools called A2J Guided Interviews.

Associate Dean of Academics Greg Sergienko and Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services Jodi Nafzger will integrate the A2J model created by Professor Ronald W. Staudt of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, into Concordia Law's curriculum to develop an original course offering at the law school. Upon completion of the course, Sergienko and Nafzger will deliver a course kit that includes a syllabus, a list of course materials, and a process for completing A2J Guided Interviews, along with a teacher's manual explaining their methodology for teaching the course.