Monday, November 12, 2018
The Rise of the Creative Law School by Gregory W. Bowman (Dean, West Virginia). Abstract:
"U.S. legal education is currently experiencing rapid and massive change that is both destabilizing and disconcerting. Across the nation, law schools face enormous challenges and a future filled with programmatic and financial uncertainty. This essay uses the work of urbanist Richard Florida to discuss these challenges and suggest ways to develop paths forward that best benefit law students, the public, and law schools themselves. "
"In short, the law professor who time-travels across the very short distance from the year 2000 to today is in for a fairly jarring market shock—in many ways much more so than the law professor who time-travels from the 1950s to the year 2000."
"When I think of the world of law teaching in 2004—when I proudly entered the legal academy—and I compare that world to today, I find the contrast stunning. Moreover, my journey is not unique: it is a journey many of us in legal education have made. While we made the journey one day and one year at a time, I nonetheless wager that to many of us it sometimes feels like an uneasily sudden shift. It often does to me."
"Law schools that wish to remain highly relevant in the future need to become more innovative in both the substance and delivery of their programming."