November 28, 2011
Hardly a Strong Call for Reforming the Legal Academy from the New York Times Editorial Staff
See Legal Education Reform (Nov. 25, 2011 editorial). [JH]
About a month ago the results for the Arizona Bar were release showing a 70% pass rate. A law school in Arizona, however, posted a feeble 30% pass rate which resulted in not a few gasps. A few weeks back, the Wall Street Journal posted an article indicating that many law firms do not allow 1st - 3rd year attorneys to work on high profile cases as they have no research or practical skills. This brings me to my point and question: If law schools base their success solely on bar pass rates, why bother teaching legal research in law school? Fact is, I've seen dozens of first year attorneys come through our library doors not knowing the difference between a statute and a code or how to use the digest system or even the difference between primary and secondary resources. Are basic legal research skills being taught or are law schools just skimming along hoping their students will pick these skills up after they graduate?
Posted by: Bret | Nov 29, 2011 11:31:28 AM