Sunday, June 3, 2018
How law schools can effect meaningful change to better meet the needs of students, the bar, employers, et al.
This is a new article by Professor Peter Gaughan (Akron) called Facilitating Meaningful Change Within U.S. Law Schools and available at 16 U.N.H. L. Rev. 243 (2018). From the abstract:
Despite the widely recognized challenges and complaints facing U.S. legal education, very little is understood about how law schools can adapt faster and better. This Article uses institutional theory, behavioral economics, and psychology to explain why change has proven so difficult for U.S. law schools. Next, using institutional entrepreneurship, the Article explains the theoretical steps necessary to overcome the institutional resistance to change. The Article then discusses the characteristics of opportunities that are most likely to better meet the needs of law students while also providing sustainable benefits to the individually innovating law schools. Using management theory, the Article then proposes a seven-step change process model to enable individual law schools to systematically overcome institutional resistance, formulate unique strategies, and actually achieve meaningful change.