Thursday, March 7, 2013

ABA Journal poll on whether law schools should become more like med schools

Apropos to the New York Times story below, the ABA Journal is running a poll in the Legal Rebels column asking readers for their opinion about whether the med school residency model used to train neophyte doctors is a good one for law schools to follow too.  Click here to participate.  Here's an excerpt from the accompanying column:

Why waste the crisis in legal education?

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Law schools can take a page from other professional schools like medicine (where this is called “outcomes” and “efficacy”) or engineering, and get more engaged in practice, help define and assess better ways of doing legal work, and disseminate improved methodologies. For example, from what I know, Jeff Carr at FMC gets better results at less cost than most lawyers. Shouldn’t law schools try to assess his ACES model, to determine whether there are some approaches to practice that actually produce superior outcomes?

Historically, law schools could say they “couldn’t” be more like medical schools because they didn’t run hospitals and couldn’t conduct clinical trials. Now, with clients operating in private clouds and able to integrate students and faculty in “virtual rounds,” and with a crying need to be able to make empirical statements about which approaches work better, it seems like the best way for law schools to improve their sustainability is to add more value through engagement.

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