Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Law schools must pick up mentoring slack formerly done by law firms says Denver Dean

As reported in Law Week Colorado:

It’s increasingly up to law schools to provide the on-the-job mentoring that was once provided by law firms, says Dean Martin Katz of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Law schools have traditionally taught basic knowledge like torts and contracts, he said, without teaching as much about procedure and even less about professionalism.

'It’s easy enough to get out of law school without a whole lot of knowledge about procedure,' Katz said Saturday at the Faculty of Federal Advocates’ annual roundtable discussion with federal judges and magistrates.

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Law schools must figure out how to pick up the slack. One way is to offer more law clinics, which give law students firsthand experience but are also the most expensive way to teach. Law schools can also increase their mentoring programs.

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Oops, I posted a comment on the wrong thread. Anyway, I agree that law schools must step up in their teaching of practitioner skills. Because most faculty can't teach those skills, schools can hire adjuncts at a fraction of the cost. Failure to provide law students with the skills they need to survive in today's legal climate is inexcusable.

Posted by: John Tarley | Nov 11, 2010 3:17:24 AM

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