ARIZONA CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIETY

JBA helps ASU law school envision an academic building ready for collaborative learning

There are few institutions as tradition-bound as law schools, whose methods have changed little since the founding of Harvard Law in 1854. But Trusted Advisor™ Michael Shafer has led an effort to envision new methods of learning at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, using collaborative technology to better engage students and faculty.

challenge

The unofficial goal at ASU Law is to move up from its current top-30 ranking into the top 20 law schools in the nation. To do so, they believe they need to engage students with educational technology much more than they have in the past.

the solutions

Shafer used a process he calls Visioning to help ASU administrators and faculty see how the new facility might best forward their strategic and educational goals.

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The final designs for the building include:

ASU Chief of Staff Thomas Williams says, “Historically when we’ve worked with a technology consultant, we started with what we had done in the past and asked, ‘What’s the next improvement? …This time we stopped, took a long step back and said, ‘Never mind what we’ve done before. How do we want to engage with our students as we move forward?’ …JBA is a great fit for us because we agree, at a very basic level, that law schools should be constantly engaged in looking at themselves and making conscious choices in how they do things.”

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