‘Failing Law Schools’

There is a good interview with law professor Brian Tamanaha, author of the new book, Failing Law Schools , over on the Inside Higher Ed website.  You can read the entire interview, but the part I want to highlight is his discussion of the changes needed in our law schools.

Mr. Tamanaha argues that the present state of law school education is not only unsustainable, but, due to the high costs of a legal education and low employment rate for law graduates, unethical. 

While Tamanaha has some suggestions for improvement, the ones to take up relate to restructuring the legal education syllabus for each student to ensure some “survival skills” are present and that the efforts law schools put into such restructuring are not penalized by the ABA accredidation system because they take resources out of the “intellectual” components. 

Students should at least be exposed to non-traditional delivery strategies for legal services because the traditional form of full-scope, hourly-billing law practice is shrinking rapidly and being replaced with alternative, outcomes-based, unbundled and other types of law practice.

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