Sunday, April 7, 2013
This is a new article by Professor Deanell Reece Tacha (Pepperdine) and available at 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 337 (2013) and at SSRN here. From the abstract:
"Introspection is the order of the day for legal education and the legal profession. The economic stress of the last few years tore away at many of the traditional models of law practice and caused many to question the value of a legal education. The combination of rising tuition and a challenging employment market causes very bright, aspiring lawyers and judges to question whether law is a wise professional choice for them. The history of legal education and the legal profession provides powerful positive responses to these contemporary doubters. Rigorously educated legal professionals are problem-solvers, models of civil discourse, agents of orderly social change, articulators of policy, enforcers of procedural safeguards, and guardians of sacred inalienable rights. Law-trained professionals are, in short, the face of the rule of law that is the envy of much of the world. Recognizing all the challenges of this time in history, the central value of the importance of legal education cannot be diminished."