The University of Oregon School of Law recently welcomed Laurie Hauber as the inaugural Director of Experiential Education. In this position, Hauber will manage field placements, clinics, and simulation courses for the school.
The American Bar Association (ABA) recently adopted a new standard that requires all law students to have at least six credits of experiential learning to graduate. This standard reflects the ABA’s determination that experiential learning—working with real clients or in environments that simulate working with real clients—is essential when it comes to training new lawyers.
Currently, the law school has more than 150 annual field placement opportunities, 13 clinical opportunities and 13 simulation courses. Jen Reynolds, Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Programs, says that Hauber’s new role is critical for Oregon Law.
“Given the importance of experiential education and the range of opportunities available to our students, and seeing how our field placements must be managed across both our campuses in Eugene and Portland, Director Hauber will be a tremendous support for our law school community,” said Reynolds.
Hauber is a graduate of Harvard College and received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Prior to joining Oregon Law, Hauber worked at Lane County Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center where she focused on affordable housing issues.
Throughout her career, Hauber has been at the helm of new legal initiatives. She was the founder and director of the Community Economic Development Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for several years. Early in her career, following practice at the law firm of Cooley Godward in San Francisco, Hauber developed a business legal program for community-based businesses in Boston. She also started and directed the Community & Economic Development Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School.
With such a strong track record for innovation, program design, and project management, Hauber is looking forward to helping Oregon Law develop rich and rewarding experiential opportunities for students.
“I am excited to create more synergy and connectivity across our experiential learning offerings and identify new opportunities that support our students’ professional ambitions,” Hauber said.
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