LEGAL EDUCATION

Beyond the first year

, The National Law Journal

A principal problem identified by the Carnegie Foundation is that law schools do not focus enough on what it means to be a lawyer. While schools are very effective in teaching abstract concepts, particularly in the first year, once students have learned how to think like lawyers, they are not trained in the skills or culture so necessary to be lawyers. To meet this challenge, schools are urged to experiment with substantive specializations in the second and third years and to increase clinical offerings that give students real world experience.

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