Center for Professional Values and Practice

About the Center

The Center for Professional Values and Practice (CPVP) focuses on the role of the lawyer and future of the legal profession and law-related services in the U.S. and abroad. Students learn about law practice in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional practice settings—from the law office to the court room to the board room to emerging virtual networks and legal process outsourcing firms. The goal of the Center is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of modern law practice and to equip students for successful careers in the next generation of law practice organizations. The Center will also host a series of Master Classes, Symposia and CLE programs for students and practitioners.

Center Activities

Law Without Walls – NYLS is a founding member of Law Without Walls, an international, mostly online seminar aimed at linking students, faculty, practitioners and entrepreneurs to develop and market innovative solutions to problems in legal education and practice. Each year, 2-4 CPVP affiliates are selected to participate in the program, which has received significant academic and press attention, as well as several invitations for student project funding. Other participating schools include: Fordham Law School, Harvard Law School, IE Business School (Madrid), Indiana University Law School, University of Miami School of Law, Peking Transnational School of Law, Stanford Law School, University College London Faculty of Laws, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and University of Sydney. For information about Law Without Walls, see For press coverage (including an online feature in Time Magazine), please click on the “Publications and News” tab to the left.

Future Ed – In 2010-11, CPVP spearheaded a year-long contest of ideas about the future of legal education. Co-hosted with the NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy and the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession, the goal of Future Ed was to produce concrete, feasible ideas for improving US legal education and to implement at least one aspect of each project within a calendar year. This approach—a kind of decentralized think tank—resulted in thirty concrete proposals on a wide range of topics, including curricular innovation (such as capstone programs, problem solving courses, and models for experiential learning); leveraging technology (through distance learning, law practice simulation, and the involvement of students in legal software design); and rethinking the educational sequence (through accelerated BA-JD programs and executive education). Final proposals were presented at NYLS in April, 2011. This year, the project will focus on implementing the resulting strategic initiatives at NYLS, and building organizational alliances between law schools, other professional schools, and employers. To view the web casts and proposals, please visit the Future Ed website at For press coverage, please click on the “Publications and News” tab to the left.

Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) – CPVP supports the annual publication of the IILP Review, a leading source of information and insights about diversity and inclusion in the US profession. Students research topics, contribute essays and articles, and assist in editing the publication, including attending IILP events and symposia in NYC and other cities. In Spring 2013, CPVP will pilot a virtual externship with IILP.