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Legal Education

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

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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...

When Solutions Only Look Like Solutions

Kyle McEntee | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Kyle McEntee

Dean Dan Rodriguez has written a letter to his students at Northwestern University Law School to announce a class size reduction, a tuition increase, and a commitment to increase scholarships and to cover LRAP costs.

Reinventing Legal Education: The Costs of Change

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

Law schools must continue to change. Our technology-based culture has proven again and again and again that the only true constant is change.

Finally: A Time For Lawyers To Ask Questions When They Don't Know the Answers

Luke Bierman | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
Luke Bierman

Those of us in positions of leadership in legal education must undertake a serious and genuine review of the system so we do far more than merely fix what we didn't like about our professional preparation.

How Many Types of Law School Are There?

Jay Conison | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Jay Conison

Accredited law schools today are guided by a standard model. This model is not required by the accreditation standards. Rather, it is an unwritten set of characteristics widely viewed as the ideal for legal education.

Pay Associates Less? A Novel Response to a Rapidly Changing Legal Market

Lawrence M. Solan | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Lawrence M. Solan

Legal education is said to be in crisis. Law school applications are down sharply as prospective law students question whether the high cost of legal education is worth it.

Deconstructing the Law School Deconstructionists

Luke Bierman | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Luke Bierman

Jobless graduates are a grave concern to legal educators, and their heightened numbers warrant serious attention. Unfortunately, the consideration being paid is more often superficial than serious.

Courses, Disaggregation, and the Cost of Legal Education

Jay Conison | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Jay Conison

Law schools already disaggregate courses; they just do not do it systematically or with the aim of improving a component or reducing its cost.

The Role of Faculty Hiring in Law School Change

Jay Conison | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Jay Conison

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.

What Are the Problems of Law School Tuition?

Jay Conison | Posted 10.01.2012 | College
Jay Conison

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?