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Intellectual Leadership

We support, value and encourage the intellectual life of our students and faculty and strive for leadership in this important area. 

One way we demonstrate our intellectual leadership is through robust and diverse legal scholarship. Our commitment to scholarship serves many goals, including providing students with teachers who are developing innovative approaches to intellectually stimulating questions. We teach the law as a living, changing body; we act as a gateway for students to obtain a license to practice within and to develop and create that body; with this, we have the responsibility to actively encourage truth-seeking within our discipline and to model that function through sharing, progressing, and promoting our research. Teaching and scholarship are mutually reinforcing, and in our obligation as a legal educational institution to further the law through the promotion and dissemination of our search for new truth, we model the moral responsibility of our profession to those that come to Delaware Law to study it.

Delaware Law faculty demonstrate intellectual leadership as experts in a variety of important legal areas, including business and corporate law, environmental law, health and family law and policy, and trial advocacy. Faculty in these specialty areas, and throughout every field of law, advance intellectual leadership by hosting symposia, publishing white papers, filing influential amicus briefs in actions at every judicial and administrative level (including the U.S. Supreme Court), serving as legislative or expert witnesses, and hosting visiting scholars. The faculty also demonstrates its commitment to the practical side of legal scholarship, by hosting some 75 continuing legal education programs each year. These efforts reinforce our commitment to intellectual leadership.

Delaware Law faculty also serve as influential opinion-makers, with faculty work and expert opinion appearing in many major periodicals, television and radio programs, and local news outlets. All of these efforts are vitally important to the law school’s contribution to the lively and vital legal and policy debates of the day. Scholarship and other intellectual endeavors help to clarify and improve the law, to the benefit of people in all spheres of our communities.