Thursday, May 5, 2011
In an article titled One L Redux, University of Iowa law professor Adrien Wing reports that she found her first year at Stanford Law School in 1979 disconcertingly similar to the Harvard year described in Scott Turow’s book One-L. For Wing, being both female and black compounded the problems. She bluntly says she hated law school. Moreover, some of her current students find legal education has changed little in the past thirty years.
Wing presents several suggestions for bringing legal education into the twenty-first century. One is to provide more practical experiences by incorporating more skills assignments in the first two years and making the third year a mandatory clinical year.