Monday, April 23, 2012
Paul Caron has posted on his Tax Prof Blog about a legal education reform symposium he participated in over the weekend. He focuses on a presentation by Jim Moliterno, who is writing a book on the law school crisis. Professor Caron writes, "I was particularly struck by Jim's observation that the root cause of the troubles facing legal education today can be traced to a fateful choice made 130 years ago: medical schools decided that their mission would be to turn out doctors, while law schools decided that their mission would be to turn out law professors." Of course, this is another statement of the "Langdellian Bargain," which we have discussed here before here, here, and here. Moliterno also discussed Washington & Lee's innovative third-year skills program, which I have mentioned previously as an excellent model for legal education reform.
If anyone who attend this conference has any more observations, please make a comment below or e-mail me.