Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Oct. 31, 2007 New York Times ran a story entitled "Training Law Students For Real Life Careers" which is about a movement taking place in many law schools to reexamine what they teach and how they teach it. The article questions whether we are preparing todays generations of law students for tomorrow's problems.
I am totally against clinical education which is one of the reforms mentioned. Law School is very short. It remains my view that it is more important for students to learn how to find the law, interpret it and actually understand it than to apply it.
If you ask me the real problem is that law schools these days are more interested in hiring newly minted P.h.d's than a lawyer with several years of solid experience. They are more interested in seeing law reviews written about legal theory as opposed to a conflict in the circuits. It is more important to be cited by the Harvard Law Review than by the Supreme Court.
Law Schools are loosing their mission to train lawyers. Is any body listening???
Mitchell H. Rubinstein