On Thursday, SLSNavigator was introduced to the public by Stanford Law School. The program was previously a private one, just for the students enrolled at Stanford’s law school. It is a career and academic guide on the internet that helps law students learn about various law careers so they can choose their courses correctly. The program has 1,500 courses in it from almost all departments across campus. The content for the program was designed over the period of three years and includes interviews with practicing attorneys, faculty, alumni and many other legal professionals. Stanford Law School has decided to make the program available to the public so students at other law schools can use it for their course work.
The program was designed in-house at Stanford so students can make sure they decide on their courses and legal careers wisely and with plenty of help along the way. Back in November of 2006, Larry Kramer, a Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, created reforms to the legal curriculum for the school, and the program is part of those reforms.
“Law students need more today than the traditional second- and third-year law school curriculum offers them. It is important for 2Ls and 3Ls to learn more legal doctrine, but it is equally important for them to learn how to think like their clients during the upper years,” Kramer said. “To enable students to do that, we made significant changes to the curriculum and we then created this tool to help them navigate the curriculum according to their personal and career goals.”
“We encourage our students to think about their career goals much more broadly,” Kramer said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “SLSNavigator helps students do that, while also giving them good advice on how best to take advantage of Stanford’s wide-ranging curriculum options.”
The reforms for the curriculum were first put into place in February of 2012. The reforms included changing the traditional law degree at the school to be more of a multi-dimensional degree. The degrees now use the study of other disciplines along with team-oriented problem solving methods and better clinical training.
“We’ve utilized the whole university to create a multi-dimensional legal education, because we think lawyers have a valuable role to play in helping to solve the world’s problems and that calls for more than knowing how to analyze case law,” Kramer said. “And we think we are uniquely positioned among law schools to produce lawyers who do that.”