If all we acquire is technical expertise, a knowledge of the law as a set of rules and nothing else, we will have lost our purpose, to be judicious about what constitutes justice. It is possible to imagine an education that is deliberately limited to what has obvious value. A lawyer trained in such a manner would be capable of the greatest crimes.
At the Louisiana State University Law Center, the silence on race is deafening. It is deafening because race is never really off the table. Students discuss race with members of their own racial group, but they rarely have interracial conversations on race. As a result, students never learn about other people's lives or experiences -- they never become culturally competent.
Legal systems based on precedent and pedagogy steeped in last century models are not ready-made laboratories for innovation. In the same way that we find fewer traditional law firms than we did ten years ago, only the law schools that adapt to change and embrace it will survive the enrollment and professional employment upheavals experienced today.