Monday, May 23, 2011

The Transformation of Legal Education

The May issue of the Washington Lawyer (the D.C. Bar’s publication) offers an extensive article on  the subject with  quotes from leaders at the District’s law schools. It cover  such  topics as the economics of law schools and law firms, the globalization of law, the possibility of transnational law firms, adapting to technology, and the demand for clinical training. The last two paragraphs of the article are a source of optimism for me:

Perhaps the advantage of this inflection point in legal education is that it will result in new breeds of attorneys—those who focus as much on what they are doing as why they are doing it. Young lawyers who come out of the legal system in the future will have to be experts in the law and the business of law, but they also might be more in touch with their reasons for entering the profession.

“I think students are thinking more of law as a profession,” says Georgetown’s [William] Treanor. “We got away from that for a while. There was a period in which people came to law school because it was seen as a ticket to wealth and power, and they were often dissatisfied as a result. Because even in the best of times, business is a much better ticket to wealth than law. I think the concept of law as a profession is one that people ultimately find more satisfying and one we may be returning to.”


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