Monday, April 15, 2013
My school, like many others, is focusing on teaching skills and evaluating the curriculum in terms of skills competencies. Recently, however, I have spoken with a number of practicing lawyers who take a different view. Let me paraphrase and consolidate what I have heard:
They will learn how to practice after they graduate. They really can’t learn about the practice in law school. They should take the hard courses like antitrust. They’ll learn how to practice law when they graduate.
I already can hear the protests from those of us in the academy. Still, I can’t discount what I hear from prominent practitioners. Are we missing something?