Note from a Harvard Legal Journal: ‘Rethinking Legal Education’

To quote Esq. Never: http://esqnever.blogspot.com/2010/02/hands-off-education.html “target=”_blank” “Nonetheless, I don’t think I’m too far off the mark. Driving schools teach people how to drive. Typing schools teach people how to type. Clown colleges even teach people how to be clowns. Why on earth don’t law school actually teach people to be lawyers?”

Someone is hearing the call for reform.

As you state the sentiment of others, I came across this brief note in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. The note is entitled: ‘Rethinking Legal Education’: http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/crcl/vol43_2/595-598_Chemerinsky.pdf

The line that yelled from the pages for me is: “But the reality is that few law students graduate from law school ready to practice law.” Honestly it was my understanding that most people received practical experience from clerkships at private firms, government agencies including the judiciary. These experiences do take place outside of law school but oft-times simultaenously on a part-time basis while a law student is matriculating.

It isn’t until the very end that you realize that although the note makes a good point, it’s a plug written by a dean for a new law school (the three horns music from the end of ‘A Law School Carol” comes to mind immediately).  Is it really necessary to open an entirely new law school, especially in California to implement these types of programs? One could’ve taken these ideas to law schools that are already in existence and struggling and raise their ranks and benefit the students that are already enrolled. Oh I forgot, actually investing in an American education isn’t worth much. Opening a new law school (August 2009)–priceless: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Although some are hearing the desparate pleas, no one is LISTENING. There’s always a caveat. Always.

NOTE:  Do you know how difficult it is to have a legal article read, accepted, edited and published in an IVY law school journal. Although this was only a note, I find it peculiar how a four-page advertisement is easily accepted by a Harvard Journal.

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2 Comments »

  1. Nando Said:

    Maybe the note should have mentioned that relatively few law students will ever make enough money to make a positive return on investment (ROI) on their legal education. You can see that many law schools and industry apologists, i.e. Jack Crittenden at National Jurist, are not lecturing students that they should not look at law school as a way to make money.

    But yet, it is $omehow okay, for law $chool$ to charge exorbitant sums of money – even though many of their graduates will NEVER practice law or earn significant salaries!

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      As long as there are delusional Americans with the false hope that they will be different, enrollment will continue, debts will surge and more law schools will open. It’s like let us fatten you up for the slaughter–though we’re really preparing to financial roast you.


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