Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.
Look, I don't know why you went to law school, but I went because I didn't have the calves to be a model and medical school seemed way too long. After missing my shot at a ring in undergrad, what was I supposed to do? Get a "job" and "support myself"?
We know a lot more today than we did in the 1880s, when this format was devised, about how students learn and how teaching can be made more effective. We can certainly develop a modern curriculum to teach these topics and skills in six months.
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.
Potential students are balking at paying 150 to 200 thousand dollars for a law degree. A closer look at the law school curriculum explains where many of the bloated and entirely avoidable expenses originate.
The latest argument about the legal academy seems to be whether law schools ought to hire as professors those individuals with established careers in practice instead of intellectuals who boast extraordinary potential for publishing.
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.
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.
If we are to rely on grades at all we should rely on more than a single signal about performance. Even if we adopt John Rawls's worldview, we will send up with Ryan Lochtes who are great but not superlative. How we set up grades reflects much more.
Law has long been seen as an economy-proof profession. But this latest recession has proved devastating for potential lawyers and existing law firms alike -- and only a concerted effort to alter the field entirely can make it profitable again.