Did Obama Mean What He Said About Two-Year Law Degrees?

, The National Law Journal


President Obama got legal educators buzzing last month by remarking that law school should last for two years rather than the traditional three. But American Bar Association President James Silkenat isn't so sure the president really meant it. Rather, Obama likely meant that a J.D. should be more affordable, he said.

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  • garysharp

    This really is a good article. There is a correlation between the cost and the duration of an education or training when determining it's effectiveness. But still the cost of a formal education grows every year. It's beginning to be a real problem. http://www.kelmacinternational.com/

  • Guest

    As a way of offering courses in less-subscribed subjects, some law courses are offered only every other year. (For example, commercial paper and secured transactions might be offered in alternating years, or a course like labor law might be offered every other year.) This allows students more opportunities to specialize.

    If the program were only two years, it seems this would no longer be practical, because the first year would be devoted to basic courses, and there would be only one year in which take other courses. If the course you wanted wasn't scheduled for that year, you'd never be able to take it, which would limit your legal educational opportunities. The only remedy I can see would need to offer every course every year. If a law school is very large, it might be able to do that without undue expense, but at schools that aren't huge, it seems like it would increase costs.

  • legis

    Greedy law school deans will never agree to this.

  • Pa Lawyer

    Can you still call a JD a doctorate, equivalent to an MD or a PhD if it is only two years? Doctors might buy a year of clinical experience as an equivalent, but academics sure won't.

  • swetha

    This is a very good article

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