October 11, 2006
Harvard to Put Statutory Issues in First Year
In academic circles, you'd have to be living under a rock not to already know that Harvard has changed its 1L curriculum, apparently for the first time in 100 years. A brief report can be found here, at the Wall Street Journal Blog. Among the changes: legislation will be a core part of the first year curriculum.
Hooray for our side! If you're reading this, you probably applaud that move. I do -- but, I wonder what the classes will be like?
At Mercer, a long time ago they revamped the first year curriculum in an interesting, but prescient way: the first semester courses are your typical common law courses, but the second semester courses are all statutory-based (Sales, civil procedure, and so on, for example). We also require statutory interpretation (right now, it's in our third semester, which doesn't make sense -- ought to be in the second, along with those courses, but I digress).
Anyway, with luck this will get a lot of academic attention on the need for students to emerge from law school with the skill set necessary to be great lawyers, which includes the distinct skill set associated with statutory interpretation.
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