ABA task force wants to know: What to do about law schools?

, The National Law Journal


The task force the American Bar Association formed in August to examine the challenges facing law schools is asking for public input on questions ranging from how the cost of legal education hurts students and the legal profession, to what law schools should seek to achieve during the next 25 years.

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What's being said

  • EC

    Not to say that my experience is universal, but I draw a sharp distinction between my MBA (which encouraged and in fact thrived on viewpoints outside of the academic circle) and my JD program, in which I have found that my real world experience has been viewed with suspicion or downright dismissed. If you (the royal you) want graduates with more than just a memorization of the philosophies of their professors (without any real thinking ability), the very model of law school education must change drastically.

    In simple terms, you get what you measure, and law school exams do not measure critical thinking, but rather, the ability to disgorge large volumes of material that match the viewpoints of the professors giving the exams.

  • Nancy Mackevich Glazer, Manager of Legal Launch LLC (www.LegalLaunch.net)

    Kudos! Where do we send our thoughts and road maps?

  • The Fraud of Law

    Lawyers are too concerned with paying off their law school debts, rather than zealously advocating for their clients. Case in point: NJ Family courts. I've watched young lawyers, with huge law school debt, capitulate to judges and high-powered law firms, hence, destroying their clients in the process and then walking away when their clients demanded their rights be protected. This is not law, it's fraud. Also, I've been made aware that in NJ, lawyers don't have licenses to practice law. They have a bar association I.D. card, but no real license like doctors, CPAs, architects, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, hairdressers, etc. Heard this from a lawyer standing in a MVC line trying to pull together his 6-points to obtain a new driver's license. If this is a fact, then lawyers are nothing more than glorified paralegals.

    This may be all the more reason we might need to seek lay persons, who are knowledgeable in certain facets of the law to start assisting others in court, for a hell of a lot less money and who do as good, if not a better job than most lawyers in the family courts. Family court has become nothing more than an administrative court where any allegation is allowed--without proof--and lawyers charge obscene amounts of money for making inane arguments and doing letter litigation.

  • exposing the law school scam

    remember, ABA, the wheels of justice turn slowly, but they DO grind fine....you will get yours in the courts, eventually, for your participation in the law school scam.

    ABA, ABA, whatcha gonna do?
    whatcha gonna do when they come for YOU?

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