Thursday, August 4, 2011

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

This one is from last February's symposium on the future of legal education at U. Iowa. It sounds  interesting.  Authored by Professor Larry Ribstein (Illinois), it can be found at 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1649 (2011). 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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