September 18, 2008
What Does Justice Scalia Think About Clinical Legal Education?
I am not sure, but a Chicago Sun-Times article provides a glimpse of his position on "made up" courses like Law and Poverty.
At a Federalist Society meeting in Chicago, Justice Scalia recounted how as a law student:
"I took nothing but bread-and-butter classes, not "Law and Poverty," or other made-up stuff, Scalia said to laughter. He said his advice to law students was: "Take serious classes. There's so much law to learn. Don't waste your time."
The question posed to Scalia was what he thought of the ideological change at the University of Chicago Law School since he was a teacher there. "I regret it," Scalia said. "I don't think the University of Chicago is what it was in my time. I would not recommend it to students looking for a law school as I would have years ago. It has changed considerably and intentionally. It has lost the niche it once had as a rigorous and conservative law school."
The University of Chicago Law School has consistently ranked as one of the nation's top five or 10 law schools in national surveys. Scalia, a Harvard Law grad like Obama, taught at U. of C. from 1977 to 1982. Obama taught there part-time from 1992 through 2004 while he practiced civil rights law and worked as a state senator. -jl (Hat Tip: George Bell)