Friday, October 11, 2013
During a moderated discussion between students at the University of California Washington Center and Justice Anthony Kennedy, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal asked the Supreme Court Justice what he thought about the suggestion by President Obama and some legal educators that law school be reduced from three years to two as a way to reduce the cost of a JD. While acknowledging the importance of reining in the cost of legal education, Justice Kennedy told the WSJ reporter that shortening the curriculum isn't the way to do it.
I think the cost factor has to be addressed [but] I don’t think the right way to address it is to shorten the curriculum [which provides] the foundation for what I call the language of the law, the language that lawyers speak to each other. I can pick up the telephone and talk to an attorney two generations removed from me, and [yet] I know him, I know her. We talk this [common] language that we learn in the law school. And this is the envy of the rest of the world, I assure you, it’s a tremendous national resource.
You can read the rest of Justice Kennedy's remarks here in Part 1 of a two part Q & A.