At Law Schools, Need for Reform is Obvious, the Means Less So

, The National Law Journal


Colorado Law's Silicon Flatirons Center, which focuses on technology and entrepreneurship in the law, convened a daylong conference on April 17 aimed at helping identify how law schools can successfully innovate.

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  • Anonymous By Necessity

    Perhaps when lenders are negatively impacted and the no questions asked, money for nothing, checks for free, money train to schools is interrupted, questions will be asked and appropriate solutions will be mandated. Until then, I suspect that schools and lenders will continue to prey upon, intimidate, and enslave students at the expense of students, families, taxpayers, and the nation.

  • Anonymous By Necessity

    If the Supreme Court truly wants to protect “free speech” it can start by making sure students are provided “free speech” protections so that when students raise concerns over tuition and other issues, schools face harsh penalties for targeting, harassing, bullying, subjectively grading, falsely accusing, using campus police as a weapon against, and otherwise attacking students. While schools (and the Supreme Court) typically extoll the virtues of “free speech” they seldom provide it or protect it. One good way to protect student free speech is to provide students strong consumer protections. These consumer protections include liberal student loan bankruptcy rights for those cases in which politically connected schools (most are) and their legal minions overwhelm students (who usually have few, if any resources). Unfortunately, schools are usually smart enough to avoid harassing privileged students with trust funds.

  • Anonymous By Necessity

    It is no wonder that the America‘s legal system favors and protects the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. The system that favors wealth and power above ethics and humanity and above right and wrong starts in law school. Those who benefit from such a system have the ability to change it for the better but conflicts of interest cloud their judgment and impede any motivation for doing so. I could provide numerous examples but one only has to look to the US Supreme Court to view the corrupting influence that money has on the US legal system. When one looks at the political connections of some Supreme Court Justices, one has to wonder if they are objective. When one looks at the many court decisions that favor the wealthy over everyone else, despite overwhelming justifications and evidence to decide otherwise, one must question the objectivity (if not commonsense) of some Supreme Court Justices. Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United and McCutcheon, which encourage the wealthy to buy even more power and influence than they currently possess, forces anyone with half a neuron to question the US Supreme Court. If one has legitimate concerns of the Supreme Court, then one can legitimately question the entire U.S. legal system. This “pay to play” mentality starts with the high cost to attend law school; to the detriment of those that need legal skills to address the corrupting influence of overwhelming amounts of money (and other factors).

  • Anonymous By Necessity

    The high cost of law school has driven up the cost of legal care. If health care in the USA was administered in the same fashion as legal care, I suspect such “care” would not only be considered negligent or perhaps malicious, it would be considered criminal. For example, try to refuse emergency medical care to someone who is sick or injured and see what happens. Part of the lack of access to affordable, yet competent legal care in the USA is due to the high cost of legal education and the implications for law students who are forced to navigate a host of obstacles, some of which are not necessary, to graduate, and then pay overwhelming student loans with overwhelming interest tacked on.

  • Anonymous By Necessity

    I believe that one of the main reasons law school is so expensive is that schools feel they can justify the cost of higher tuition so the schools charge more. Our education system has been corporatized to demand as much tuition as the market will bear. The mission of actually training students for needed professions to maintain and improve our society has become a far second place goal to bringing in as much revenue as possible. Where do the schools get this revenue? From students who are forced to take out student loans. Those loans affect what specific fields of law those students can enter and how much they need to charge clients. Schools (including law schools), also get “revenue” or “offset costs” by obtaining money or “grants” from corporations. Sometimes strings are attached to this “free” money. In any case corporate influence is often present. Rampant, runaway, exponential increases in law school tuition have caught up with many law schools and I foresee this only getting worse. While it is always good to adapt teaching methods to changing times and environments in any profession, perhaps the main issue is the cost of legal education itself.

  • Anonymous By Necessity

    Lower the cost of tuition (dramatically) and perhaps students would not feel so concerned about being experimented on during law school. While being "practice ready" right out of law school is a worthy goal, it would not be such an issue if law school tuition was affordable. There is no reason that law school education should be any more expensive than reasonably priced undergraduate education. The cost to distribute the content should and could be the same. Law schools do not even have to pay for expensive science laboratories and expensive equipment like undergraduate schools.

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