Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New scholarship: "Practicing Theory: Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century"

This article is by Professor Larry E. Ribstein of U. Illinois College of Law and is available now on SSRN. According to the TaxProf Blog, it will eventually be published in the Iowa Law Review, presumably as part of the recent Future of Legal Ed symposium. From the abstract:

Law practice and legal education are facing fundamental changes. Many assume that these changes will force law schools to give up on theory and focus more on training students for the practice of law. However, this essay shows that the future may be more uncertain and complex. The only thing that is certain is that law schools may face, for the first time, the need to provide the type of education the market demands rather than serving lawyers' and law professors’ preferences. Legal educators must respond to these demands by serving not just the existing U.S. market for legal services but also a global market for legal information. This may call for training in some, but not all, of the theories and disciplines that have been developing in law schools.

Hat tip to the TaxProf Blog.


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