Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Changing Winds in Legal Education

Via Law.com:
Last Friday, a packed classroom filled with, among others, 75 law deans, members of law-school faculties and lawyers, listened to a discussion about the need to change U.S. legal education... Click here for the American Lawyer story.

...Panelists also discussed alternative law school models that might be worth exploring: accelerated programs, experiential learning and distance learning. Every school can’t be Harvard, and every school shouldn’t follow the same system, said Joseph Altonji, from consulting firm Hildebrandt Baker Robbins. Schools should specialize, he said, “because we need different kinds of practitioners.”

Something needs to change, it seems. As Vielka Holness, director of the Pre-Law Institute at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice said, the problem is that “we’re teaching all our students as if they want to be professors.”

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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