Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Incompetent Form Of Legal Education Today

What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering, a Nov. 19, 2011 NY Times article, is a must read. It highlights just how incompetent most legal education is today. It highlights the fact that law schools teach little practical skills and factual scholarship is often only read by other faculty.

As I noted in a comment to the article, the fundamental reason for this is that law schools are only, and I mean only, in hiring faculty with stellar academic backgrounds. Nevermind that they may never have practiced law or represented a client. What is more imporant is that they got a law review article published in Yale.

Readers who are not familar with this might be stunned to know that law professors are "legal scholars"-not highly skilled lawyers. Many may not even be a a member of the bar. As the article points out, law schools frown on lawyers with experience.

Additionally, in most schools the most important and practical classes (legal writing and legal research) are taught by non-tenure track professors who are also the lowest paid.

Don't believe me. Check out the background of any FT non-clinical faculty member highered at any ABA approved law school in the last 10 years. If you can get a hold of their CV, you will see that some even list summer associate experience on it because their legal experience is so light.

This is indeed a said state of affairs. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein


November 20, 2011 in Appointment Information, Adjunct, Appointment Information, Full Time, Film, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Movie Review-The Help

A friend of this blog, Jim Castagnera who is a professor at Rider University and Associate Provost, and who edits Castagnera's Law, Education and Employment Watch blog, just wrote an interesting movie review of "The Help," available here. If any of you are thinking of seeing this movie about Jim Crow laws in the 1960's you will find Jim's review of interest. Jim is also the author of several books, including Al-Quaeda Goes To College, which I previously reviewed here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 16, 2011 in Film, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)