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Jay Conison has been Dean of the Charlotte School of Law since 2013. Before joining Charlotte, he served as Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School for 15 years.

Dean Conison’s scholarly and professional work focuses on issues in legal education and the business of law schools. He has been Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and served as the Reporter for the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. He has held leadership positions on other committees and task forces in legal education and the bar.

Dean Conison received his B.A. from Yale College, and his M.A. (Philosophy) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.

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How Many Types of Law School Are There?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Accredited law schools today are guided by a standard model. The elements of the model include high admission requirements (generally as measured by LSAT scores); operating structure as part of a university (ideally, a research university); a faculty significantly engaged in research and scholarship; a substantial endowment; and focus on...

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Courses, Disaggregation, and the Cost of Legal Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:37 PM

The core activity of an American law school is its J.D. program of education. The program delivers to students a cluster of knowledge, skills, and competences, as well as a degree. These outcomes result primarily from the work of the faculty. The heart of the current law school business model...

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The Role of Faculty Hiring in Law School Change

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 4:39 PM

Law faculties change with time. Professors retire or move away and have to be replaced. New positions are created as the school or program grows. Hiring must be an ongoing activity. Because the character of a law school is largely defined by its faculty, hiring is also a strategic activity....

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Career Planning and Law School Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 11:29 AM

Law schools have two core functions. The first -- and original -- function is to provide educational services that enable a person to become a lawyer or law-related professional. This function encompasses instruction in legal subjects and legal analysis, development of writing and professional skills, and inculcation of professional values....

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What Are the Problems of Law School Tuition?

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Everyone agrees that law school tuition is too high. And everyone agrees that something must be done. But to what degree is tuition too high? And just what are law schools supposed to do about it?

These are not easy questions and before we can even begin to deal with...

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What is Legal Education Good For?

(16) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Is law school a good investment? Critics charge that it is not. A key claim is that the employment market for graduates is weak and that odds are low that graduates will secure a job or career that makes the investment of time and money worthwhile.

This claim about employment...

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Legal Scholarship and Law School Strategy

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Law schools are attacked on the ground that they are not doing a good job of serving students as consumers. They are charged with not providing enough value to justify the price (or loans to pay the price). The consumer theme and consumer view of students is new, but some...

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