Posted Fri, 07/15/2011 - 3:59pm by Austin Groothuis
CALI® is the innovative force pushing legal education toward change for the better.
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of mostly US law schools that conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education. The organization is best known in law schools for CALI Lessons, online interactive tutorials in legal subjects, and CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (CALI Awards), given to the highest scorer in a law school course at many CALI member law schools. Nearly every US law school is a member of CALI.
CALI was incorporated in 1982 in the state of Minnesota by the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. Details about membership are here.
In the early 1980s, CALI set the precedent for creation and use of computer-assisted legal instruction exercises. CALI pioneered pre-packaged, interactive, computer-based legal education materials in text form with its CALI Lessons. CALI Lessons are web-based tutorials on a variety of legal subjects known as CALI Lessons. Currently there are over 950 lessons in over 35 law school subjects in CALI's library of lessons. The lessons are free to all CALI member schools' students.
Tutorials are authored by law faculty using CALI's lesson authoring software called CALI Author, and peer-reviewed by a member of the CALI Editorial Board. CALI Author is available to download for free by member school faculty.
CALI Conference for Law School Computing®
CALI sponsors an annual conference with computer-related programming for law school professionals. The annual CALI conference is considered a focal point for the interchange of ideas and innovation in legal education.
CALI first hosted The Conference for Law School Computing in 1991 (then known as the Conference for Law School Computing Professionals) at IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law. From 1991 to 1994 the conference was hosted at Chicago-Kent, and since 1995 the conference has been hosted on-site by various CALI member law schools.
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards®
CALI member law schools can opt to give CALI Excellence for the Future Awards ("CALI Awards") to the students who have the highest scores in individual law school courses. CALI Award winners are chosen by the professor of the class.
- 1970s - Interactive tutorials are developed on the University of Minnesota mainframe.
- 1982 - CALI is incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit.
- 1987 - CALI publishes its 100th interactive tutorial.
- 1991 - First Conference for Law School Computing Professionals (later the "professionals" was dropped from the title) at Chicago-Kent.
- 1993 - First CALI website created.
- 1994 - The first CALI CD-ROM containing the entire library of tutorials is published and distributed to over 100 U.S. law schools.
- 1995 - The Conference for Law School Computing is hosted for the first time at a law school other than Chicago-Kent (University of Oregon School of Law).
- 2003 - CALI distributes free CD-ROMs for every first year law students at 196 US law schools (over 50,000).
- 2007 - CALI distributes over 140,000 CD-ROMs (one for every law students at 205 US law schools).
- 2008 - CALI distributes a DVD-ROM with over 720 tutorials.