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Is Legal Education Bouncing Back?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I have been asked whether I believe the announcements from major law firms that they would increase starting salaries to $180,000 will cause legal edu...

For Law Students: What Is Versus What Ought to Be

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Perhaps the most important intellectual point law students must learn to be effective in the profession is the difference between the descriptive and ...

Remembering Black and Indigenous Women in Retention of Women Criminal Law Practice

Naomi Sayers | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Naomi Sayers

We are often mistaken for the assistant in the courtroom, rather than the lawyer. And the most obvious, racialized lawyers in criminal law practice are often in solo practice. Maybe it is because we are not even hired as much.

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Come to the Road: Rule of Law

Frank H. Wu | Posted 12.17.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Autonomous vehicles will arrive only after the technology is robust and the rule of law is ready. Computer code will stand with legal code. In the future, they may even blend together. The prospect is as plausible as self-driving cars, and it is as exhilarating an idea as any idea can be.

The Relevance of Law Schools

Tamesha Keel | Posted 12.16.2016 | College
Tamesha Keel

We do not want law school "factories" churning out lawyers -- ones worried more about filling seats to make payroll and perpetuating outdated tradition for tradition's sake rather than developing leaders.

Poets and Lawyers: Birds of a Feather

Harold Lloyd | Posted 12.15.2016 | Arts
Harold Lloyd

Good lawyers, like good poets, wrestle with world and word. Good lawyers, like good poets, fuse theory and practice in a craft of language.

What You Need to Know About Law Schools' Gainful Employment Challenge

Equal Justice Works | Posted 10.20.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

The rule, which went into effect on July 1 of this year, is designed to reveal programs that carry high levels of student debt while yielding relatively subpar job credentials.

How to Start Law School: 'I Know Kung Fu'

Frank H. Wu | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

When I was a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1970s, I was a stutterer. Back then, the treatment for a stammer included forcing you to do speech and debate. That explains how I ended up in law school.

The Hidden Truth About Law School Employment Stats

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Tamesha Keel

The perception of law graduates is that they are standing solemn holding a law degree, resumes, and a heavy burden of loan debt they can't pay off. However, this isn't the case for all graduates. Many are becoming savvier and using their versatile J.D. beyond the traditional practice of law.

The Utility of the Liberal Arts: Antigone and the Making of a Lawyer

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

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.

Breaking the Code of Silence on Race in Law School

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Black Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

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.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

Tuition Cuts and Tuition "Cuts"

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.11.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

In a recent report on the state of legal education, Moody's, the credit rating service, noted in passing that tuition cuts are not necessarily an effective tactic for improving enrollment. The rationale is important for people to understand.

No Law Journal? No Problem

Atif Choudhury | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's that time of the year again. No, not those damned comprehensive exams worth one billion percent of your final grade -- although of course that ba...

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.04.2016 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

Why Philosophy Has Been Central to Legal Education for More Than a Century

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.22.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

We have all heard someone criticize a Supreme Court decision as "politically motivated, rather than following the law." But that already presupposes we know where the boundaries of law and politics are located, precisely what jurisprudential inquiry tries to illuminate!

American Legal Education: The First 150 Years

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Brian Leiter

Christopher Columbus Langdell, Dean of the Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895, set the paradigm for what law schools and legal scholars should do, a paradigm that lasted for nearly a century until my colleague Judge Richard Posner finally upset it in the 1970s.

Law Remains Vital

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am bullish on the legal profession. I must offer a preface before I explain why law remains vital -- and how it will become paramount in an increas...

Cutting Law Schools

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Law schools must cut. Enrollment is down. The drop has no end in sight. It might be temporary; it might be permanent. Even if it is the former rather ...

The Proverbial "Elephant in the Room:" Faculty Compensation

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Everyone wants us to reduce faculty compensation. I am skeptical by nature, especially of those ideas that everyone else happens to like. I am not s...

My Father's Will: What Lawyers Must Respond To

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

My father recently prepared his will. This is a matter in which I have an interest. . . As a law school dean, I asked my father what lawyer he had hi...

"You're a Gangster Now:" The Future of the Legal Profession

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

The supposed predicament of high-end lawyers -- too many of them, not enough work, and the reversal in bargaining power vis-a-vis clients -- reminds m...

The Charge of Law Schools

John Trasvina | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
John Trasvina

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.

Third-Party Litigation Financing and the Impending Resurgence of the Legal Profession

Bradley T. Borden | Posted 07.04.2013 | College
Bradley T. Borden

The growth of third-party litigation financing (TPLF) may be the catalyst that ushers in a reversal of the legal market and an unprecedented resurgence of the legal profession.

The Pipeline into the Legal Profession

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.13.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

The current challenges to legal education are a result of the profound changes in the legal marketplace. They have not arisen in isolation. The proble...