Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Student comment says law schools can learn from medical schools about how to train students

This is a student comment by Wisconsin 3L Drew Coursin entitled "Acting Like Lawyers." It can be found at 2010 Wis. L. Rev. 1461. From the Lexis summary:

In the past, learning to "think like a lawyer" was enough to succeed in law school and beyond. Those days are gone. Leaner economic times have made legal employers hungry for better-prepared candidates. Educators and practitioners alike turn a critical eye to recent law school graduates and find them lacking. The traditional assumption that good law students make good lawyers has crumbled. The blame for students' inability to demonstrate essential lawyering skills falls squarely on law schools' shoulders. Calls for reform in legal education span more than thirty years, from the ABA's Cramton and MacCrate Reports, to the 2007 Carnegie Foundation's effort to spur change. Although some forward-thinking educators have moved away from traditional methods, most law schools maintain a "business as usual" attitude. Legal education remains a lumbering behemoth of theory and outmoded pedagogy. Employers need capable lawyers, students need skills, and neither group can succeed in a grim economy unless legal education changes. The solution lies in action. Teaching law students to act like lawyers requires a significant shift in focus. This Comment describes the necessity and feasibility of reform, explores the evolution of legal education, and then turns to medical education for a novel framework for teaching legal skills. Finally, this Comment introduces one version of an adaptable, practical, skills-based legal rotations model, which law schools may use as a template for future innovation.


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I agree 100% if law schools had requirements for hands on training students will be much more prepared for the work. Today many firms are about the billing and not the skills.

Posted by: Tx Truck Accident Lawyer | Apr 14, 2011 5:28:29 AM

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts may provide the type of eduction the author may be advocating for.

Posted by: George E. Bourguignon, Jr. | Apr 13, 2011 6:45:27 PM

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