Sunday, October 9, 2011
Prominent Philadelphia Lawyer Sheldon Bonovitz has published a thoughtful article critiquing law schools and focusing on the relevance of their educational efforts to the practice of law. His main suggestions have to do with the third year, a longstanding issue debated by legal educators and other lawyers. His proposals range from abolishing it to using it for specialized training.
Yet so many of our students spend a good part of the third year in clinics, externships, and a variety of lawyering skills courses. And some 3Ls are still trying to master the fundamentals of legal analysis.
Moreover, it seems that most firms have given up on their responsibility to train their novice lawyers. They expect law schools to assume this task. That’s more than law schools are equipped to take on.