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Wolters Kluwer is Pleased Announce the Second Annual Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation

Wolters Kluwer launched the Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation in 2018 at its 5th Annual Leading Edge Conference, a gathering of legal education thought leaders. Established as an experiment in attendee-driven “unconferences,” Leading Edge has become a highly regarded gathering for the legal education community, with more than half of all law schools in the United States having participated. Submissions are now open for the Second Annual Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation.

Wolters Kluwer will award $10,000 to two winning teams to help implement their visions of improving student outcomes or expanding educational opportunities for law students.

One prize will be awarded to a team consisting of at least two Leading Edge Conference attendees and teammates of their choice within the legal community, and the second prize will be awarded to a team of two or more faculty from any law schools in the United States.


  • In order to foster collaboration, each team must consist of one of the following combinations of team members: 
    • Prize Category 1: Team must include at least 2 Leading Edge members (individuals who have attended at least one Leading Edge event) involved from two different schools, along with any other individuals who have not attended the Leading Edge conference
    • Prize Category 2: Team must include two or more faculty members from two or more different law schools in the United States 
  • Project goal must be to either improve learning outcomes or to open up new avenues for educating law students
  • Project proposal is due by August 15, 2019
  • Finalists must make themselves available for a 1 hour call to discuss their proposal in August or September

Judging Criteria

A panel of Wolters Kluwer staff and industry experts will be judging the submissions with the following criteria in mind:

  • Actionability: Projects with the potential for more immediate implementation will be ranked higher.
  • Scalability: Projects with the potential for more widespread impact will be ranked higher.
  • Impact: Projects for which the prize allotment has the potential to more directly influence the feasibility and outcome of the project will be ranked higher.

Selecting the Winners

  • Up to one team from each prize category will be selected as a prize winner. Each winning team will receive $10,000 to be used for implementing the project discussed within their proposal.
  • Winners will be selected by a committee made up of Wolters Kluwer staff and industry experts.
  • Wolters Kluwer reserves the right not to select a prize winner based on the quantity and quality of the overall applicant pool.

Submissions for award consideration are due August 15, 2019, and winners will be announced in early October.

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