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Legal Education in America



Legal Education in America

Where ignorance is used as a basis of judgment and subjectivity and bias are valued over objectivity and fair-mindedness.

Law schools allow themselves to be victimized by a pecking order based on elitism, which values scholarship over teaching, legal theory over practice preparation, faculty prerogatives over student services, and exclusion over access.

This self-perpetuating caste system should be replaced with an objective view that considers opportunity and academic rigor to be positives, that treats exclusion as a negative, and that values the production of good lawyers over the production of legal theorists.


Carnegie Report

See how we do it.How should lawyers be educated?

In 2007, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently released its report entitled "Educating Lawyers," which concluded that the elite schools may have things wrong in preparing their graduates for the profession of law.

Read the Carnegie Report


 Rankings in the News

EDITORIAL: Legal Education Reform
(New York Times, Published: November 25, 2011)
A version of this editorial appeared in print on November 26, 2011, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: Legal Education Reform.

What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering
(New York Times, By DAVID SEGAL, Published: November 19, 2011)
A version of this article appeared in print on November 20, 2011, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering.

The Rankings Revolt
(TIME Magazine, Mar 22, 2007, Julie Rawe, Time Inc.)

The $8.78 Million Maneuver
(The New York Times, July 31, 2005, Alex Wellen,
Education Life Supplement Late Edition - Final,
Section 4A, Page 18)


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