Monday, September 30, 2013

A Challenge To Matt Bodie and Rick Garnett

Last week, Matt Bodie made this claim on the PrawfsBlawg: "However, there is not consensus that the content and quality of legal education has failed to educate attorneys for their work. . . .  To make these much more contestable claims, there needs to be data and analysis to back it up."  I replied to this statement here, citing numerous studies that demonstrated that there was overwhelming evidence concerning the need for legal education reform.  I also quoted key parts of those reports.

Today, Rick Garnett reiterated Professor Bodie's declaration: "I agree with Matt that 'there is not consensus that the content and quality of legal education has failed to educate attorneys for their work, or that cutting tuition and enrollment numbers are not themselves the best way to address the current crisis.  To make these much more contestable claims, there needs to be data and analysis to back it up.'"  (here)

I challenge Professors Bodie and Garnett to back up their statements.  What is the basis of your statement that "there is not consensus that the content and quality of legal education has failed to educate attorneys for their work" ?  How can you make your statements in light of the many studies that have shown the need for legal education reform?  (listed here)  Can you cite a report from the past 25 years that says that our current methods of teaching law students are working?

I am looking forward to your reply.

(Scott Fruehwald)    

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