Law Schools Gain Greater Autonomy

ABA is giving them the freedom to adapt.

, The National Law Journal


The American Bar Association is loosening its reins on law schools following years of criticism that its myriad rules have driven up the cost of a legal education and discouraged experimentation.

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  • Victor Goode

    Allowing the elimination of tenure may be touted as a cost saving measure, but it is unlikely to have any affect on student debt, at least in the short term. However it will have a dramatic affect on law school and university governance. Universities used to be models of shared governance systems with faculty/employees and students enjoying an unprecedented degree of influence in a system that modeled ideas of democracy. That will soon give way to a corporate structure that in "at will employment" states makes disagreeing with authority a risky business. This shift from shared responsibility to more top down authority can only have a negative affect on the life of a law school.

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