Thursday, May 8, 2014

Making Students Not Just Practice Ready but Work Ready

Professor Jennifer Bard has a wonderful post on PrawfsBlawg about expanding the skills law schools teach. In particular, she suggests that law schools prepare students to handle compliance issues at hospitals, companies and government agencies.

She writes, "Regulation, especially in healthcare, has become so complex that it just doesn't make sense to try and train non-lawyers to keep up." She adds, "Legal education's critics and accreditors are deeply suspicious if not scornful of any but a job requiring bar passage—under the theory that only these jobs fulfil the promise made to prospective students that they will be qualified for employment as lawyers.   Well, snark if you will, what it means to be employed as a lawyer is changing. If an employer’s preference is to hire a licensed attorney (or will pay a licensed attorney more than someone without that credential) then that's not the equivalent of a job at Starbucks or even one that involves going to Starbucks and bringing back coffee for other people."  She concludes, "So maybe we need to look at practice ready skills more broadly to include not just traditional advocacy or corporate drafting tasks but rather a broader set of general work skills."

You can read the rest of the post here.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S. While at the PrawfsBlawg, check out Dan Markel's post on the flipped classroom.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2014/05/making-students-not-just-practice-ready-but-work-ready.html

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