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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Law School Law Firm??? Yeah Right!!!

What if law schools opened their own law firms? is an interesting August 17, 2011 National Law Journal article. It reports on a law review article where two professors speculate about   law firms operated by law schools. The article also argues that traditional law school should be two in class years with the third year spend operating as a student attorney for this law school law firm.

What I find most significant is that the professors recognize that this law school law firm would have to be staffed by attorneys-not by the professors. The major problem with law school professors today is that many, if not most of them, are simply incapable of practicing law and many never had. But, this is what we have, for the most part, training the lawyers of the future.

Now, I suppose that the law schools will respond by stating that is what us adjuncts are for. Really; law schools should rely on the lowest paid members of the staff who have no say about admissions or curriculum or running the school. But, that is exactly what most law schools today do. 

What a system. I hope it changes, but I do not see any evidence of that in that virtually every law school is looking for the newly minted ivy P.hd. who also has a ivy law degree and may have done a federal clerkship for a year or two. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Posted by: Casey Reinl | Aug 18, 2011 1:59:38 PM

I like the idea - seems like the clinics many law schools run now, and anything that gets the students out of a class and into the real world of lawyering sounds promising. Of course, as one of those lowly paid adjuncts, I would only staff the new "firm" if I got paid at a real world hourly rate of pay or a competitive in-house rate of pay, which the law schools would never be willing to do. I think this will just remain an interesting idea unless the schools can come up with lawyers willing to staff the "firm" for low wages. Of course, given the unemployment rate for law school grads, who knows?

Posted by: steve | Aug 19, 2011 6:55:29 AM

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