Thursday, October 21, 2010

Upcoming symposium: "The Future of Legal Ed - Who is responsible for preparing law students to be lawyers?"

The University of Iowa School of Law will be hosting a symposium on February 25 to 26, 2011 on the future of legal education.  Panelists will include deans, law professors, judges and practitioners who are tentatively planning to discuss several topics relevant to skills training in law school.

Planned speakers include big guns like Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine School of Law; Dean Kent D. Syverud of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law; and Dean David E. Van Zandt of the Northwestern University School of Law.

Here's the announcement in full:

“The Future of Legal Education”
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa
Friday, February 25 & Saturday, February 26, 2011.

America’s law schools are reevaluating the way they teach the law. Recent research has suggested new techniques for legal education, and some law schools have either made pedagogical changes or are considering doing so. Participants in the Iowa Law Review’s symposium will include deans, professors, practitioners, and judges. These participants will critique the prevalent methods of teaching the law, address proposed reforms, and debate what steps law schools should take to best prepare students for the practice of law.

The following panels are tentatively planned:
 “The Economic Viability of the Juris Doctor Degree”
 “The Importance of Diversity in Law Schools”
“Creating and Recreating the Ideal Law School”
 “The American Bar Association and Control of Legal Education”
 “The Ideal Law School: Perspectives from the Bench”
“Law Schools vs. Employers: Who is Responsible for Preparing Law Students to be Lawyers?”

For more information on the Iowa Law Review and the 2011 Symposium, please visit:

Get a copy of the flyer here.

Hat tip to the Legal Scholarship Blog.


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I've gotten a sneak peak of this book, and it is simply amazing: a perfect blend of the practical, analytical, and theoretical.

That the authors managed to get contributions from the likes of Douglas Baird and Richard Epstein -- while incorporating practitioner pieces from top attorneys such as Marty Lipton and Tom Cole -- is quite impressive.

It's about time that a practical yet intellectual casebook on transactional law was written -- the time is right for something like this, and those that have seen this book (and have a sense of where the legal market is going) think that the book will become a law school staple.

Aspen was very smart to publish such a cutting-edge book.

Posted by: Sean Kramer | Nov 20, 2010 4:20:53 PM

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