Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bloomberg Law video report on ABA's "Future of Legal Ed. Task Force" meeting

Bloomberg Law has put together a nice compilation video from last week's ABA task force meeting at Indiana University.   Many of the panelists make some pretty alarming and scary predictions about the near term future of legal education.  The blog rethinc.k has pulled out some of the better conference sound bites which are published below.  Better yet, watch the full video which is only six minutes or so to get the full impact of what the expects think we're facing in the next several months.

“If there’s anyway this task force could put U.S. News out of business, I would urge it to do so.” Gary Roberts, Dean Indiana University McKinnly School of Law

“To say that law schools are forced to behave a certain way because of U.S. News, I think shirks your own moral obligation. It’s out there because there was a public consumer need for that.” Rebecca Berch, Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court

“I would strongly favor a two-year option in law school.” Jon Streeter, Immediate Past President, California State Bar

“Every aspect of the economy is expected to use technology to be more cost effective. In other words, using fewer people to accomplish the same result. Education in general, in particular higher education, seems to be highly resistent to this.” Thomas W. Lyons III, Partner, Strauss, Factor, Laing & Lyons




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