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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Legal Education Reform

On Nov. 25, 2011, the NY Times wrote an important editional about Legal Education. They explain that legal education is in crisis because of the focus on the case book method. However, legal education is in crisis because the professors who teach cannot practice law. I am serious. Most of the students do not realize that you can count on one hand the number of professors who have 5 years of practice or more. Many are not even admitted to the bar where they teach. Why? Because law schools focus on legal theory, and hiring people with fancy degrees. Practice is a hinderance. 

As many of you know, I also write law review articles. Professors have criticized some of what I have written because it is practice orientated. Isn't that what students are paying us to do?? Nothing is going to change until law schools hire professors with practical experience. Until then the old saying is very true. "Those who can't do teach"

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Comments

Mitchell - New maxim: "Those who CAN do and teach are adjunct profs." Thanks for your observations here. Ron

Posted by: Ron Clark | Nov 27, 2011 3:07:01 PM

I wasn't aware of this. But I should have assumed. It's tough doing both jobs I suppose. I loved your quote at the end, reminds me a similar funny quote I heard as a teacher years ago, "Those who can, teach, those who can't, teach gym." No offense to gym teachers it was my favorite class!

Posted by: Eric | Nov 27, 2011 7:06:45 PM

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