Saturday, December 26, 2015

Harvard Business Review: A More Practical Model For Law Schools

A More Practical Model For Law Schools.

"Legal education needs a radical change. To do this, it is imperative that we rethink the standard law school model — a series of required classes, some of which have little connection to the work most students will actually do as lawyers. There is a need for scalable, affordable experiences that connect students to firms and the practice of law — similar to medical school residency programs."

"But revolutionizing legal education need not be confined to a single class for select students. The Startup Legal Garage at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law is one program reenergizing legal education, immersing more students in real-world experiences, capitalizing on the best that traditional law school pedagogy has to offer, and remaining cost-effective for law school budgets."

"The Startup Legal Garage is structured in a unique way. Professors guide students by teaching soft skills and doctrinal classes, and they set up fieldwork projects by matching students and early-stage tech startups with partners at top law firms. The practicing attorney supervises student work on basic legal needs such as employee contracts, privacy policies, and entity formation — and the student is placed at the center of real-world law practice."

"Changing the face of law school doesn’t have to mean cutting back on education — in fact, it might be the very move that saves it."

(Scott Fruehwald)

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