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In Limine

by vicki sanders, editor in chief

Vicki SandersHaving Your Say

An Alumni Survey invites graduates to join in the strategic planning process-and dream the dream for a better BC Law.

BC Law School has seen its future and it is (almost) now. As part of the strategic planning currently underway, a dozen working groups made presentations in November to an open meeting of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. They presented wish lists that touched on all facets of the school. Suggestions included establishing a center for law and social justice, stimulating the research environment, broadening international and business law programs, expanding the research and writing curriculum, and addressing issues of student housing.

To arrive at this "snapshot of emerging ideas," as Professor Judith McMorrow called it, the committees were encouraged to be as creative as possible in their thinking. The idea was to allow participants to dream a little before the hard work of prioritizing and turning the viable propositions into reality begins.

And this is where you, BC Law's alumni, come in. Dean John Garvey and McMorrow, who is chair of the strategic planning committee, would like you to join the strategic planning process by filling out the Alumni Survey (click here to request a copy). The questionnaire invites you to share your insights and suggestions about BC Law and to offer views from your workplace experience. It also provides the opportunity to discuss your connection to the school and to identify what services, such as continuing education courses, it might offer you. Your responses will enable the strategic planners to include your valued perspective in their final report, due in May.

The point of this process is to identify how BC Law can build on its many strengths while helping the school discover and devise new approaches to legal education. Like all the working committees, the work of the one studying emerging business enterprises as a BC Law specialty exemplifies the kinds of thoughtful evaluations being made by the groups. It's been looking at the specific hows and whys of building the program and at providing a context for its fit into the bigger educational picture. In its November presentation, the committee argued that given Boston's position as a high-tech hub, the proximity of BC's Carroll School of Management, and the Law School's special concern for the ethical practice of law, "the study of emerging enterprises offers a unique opportunity to positively affect the relationship between commerce and a just society."

Another committee proposed raising pedagogical support to the level of the top ten US law schools. A third suggested increasing the number of survey courses in law and religion. Still another identified ways the school might stay in closer touch with alumni.

Perhaps these ideas have stimulated your own suggestions for Boston College Law School. If so, please commit your thoughts to paper by completing the Alumni Survey. Thank you.

Vicki Sanders
Editor in Chief