Category Archives: Law schools

Signs of change at the ABA

Barry Currier (left) has been named the interim Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association, replacing Bucky Askew, who has held the job for the last six years.  Mr. Askew has presided over some substantial changes in the ABA’s … Continue reading

“Worst law school in five states”

I was in the law school faculty/staff staff kitchen the other day, making a cup of coffee and overhearing a conversation.  Seems some anonymous person on some blog or other called the school that employs me “the worst law school in … Continue reading

Chen steps down at Louisville

One of the few law school deans who has some sense of the coming Apocalypse is stepping down.  Jim Chen of Louisville is calling it quits after five years. With any luck, he’ll have time now to do more of the … Continue reading

Making lawyers “practice-ready”?

“If you want law school to be practical, and you want it to do more than train litigators (whose orientation is the enforcement or opposition of legal rights and duties – and where some practitioners get to be appropriately tunnel-visioned), … Continue reading

Shining optimism to alcoholic depression

American law schools are sometimes charged with turning out people who are so driven, competitive, and insecure that they end up hating their lives and their careers, and too often sink into depression or alcoholism. Turns out, this is one thing … Continue reading

Incivility as a tool for the marginalized

Much of the ranting about the problems with American law schools (here and elsewhere) strikes many observers as uncivil.  Many critics are over the top when they talk about law schools lying, deceiving, stealing from students, preying on the helpless, engaging … Continue reading

Fewer people want our product? Charge more!

It’s hard to think of a dumber principle on which to base a business decision, but the good folks at the Law School Admissions Council have figured out how to deal with an ugly 15% drop in demand from their customers … Continue reading

Getting rid of “professionalism”

In a thoughtful and perceptive new paper, Calling Law a “Profession” Only Confuses Thinking About the Challenges Lawyers Face, Thomas D. Morgan (Geo. Washington) makes a good case that the term “professionalism,” as currently uses in the law trade, doesn’t do … Continue reading

Challenging “Challenging Carnegie”

The February issue of th Journal of Legal Education, the scholarly house organ of the Association of American Law Schools, has a thought-provoking article by Kristen Holmquist (UC-Berkeley), Challenging Carnegie.  For the uninitiated, “Carnegie” means the Carnegie FAT’s report, Educating Lawyers, … Continue reading

Opportunity knocked. My doorman threw him out.

Law school faculty don’t generally pay much attention the the ABA Journal, the official organ of the profession whose future members we’re ostensibly training.  But two stories in today’s weekly email version are likely to get at least some notice.  The bad news:  Law … Continue reading