MCL Law Dean wrote:
I would be interested in how TLSers are viewing these issues . . . I don't think they are just going to fade away after the task force report . . . the winds of change in legal education may be blowing in ways that might dramatically alter the path of your legal careers.
ABA Panel Struugles With Law School Reformhttp://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 0Headlines
It aptly demonstrates what happens when you put a bunch of stakeholders who are all going in different directions in a room and ask them to make decisions.
For me, the two major issues are there are 1) too many JDs graduating, and 2) law school costs way too much. The students aren't well served graduating with 200K in debt, and the profession is not well-served when promising candidates don't want to go to law school because it costs too much or there aren't any jobs. But law professors and deans are very well served by enrolling more students and hiking costs, and will try to shift the debate to curricular reform because it will allow them to add programs without cutting costs or changing existing programs (for example, they might shift all the teaching onto adjuncts). The Bar Association, though, needs to be concerned about the profession first and foremost. Most older lawyers I know care about the profession and if they realized how much damage the law schools have done they'd be more involved with reform.
In the end, my feeling is that law school as a concept is kind of bullshit. I'm not even sure it delivers many of the vaunted analytical reasoning benefits it purports to teach. It's a credentialing scam, where the hardest part is getting in. For some jobs, the name on your school matters, for many others, you just need a JD and to pass the bar exam. I'm fine with arbitrary credentialing if it's not too onerous, but it's gotten to the point where people are having their lives ruined.
MCL Law Dean wrote:
My prediction. . . this becomes another argument for restricting admissions and raising the cost of legal education . . . but ignores the underlying issue of the need to revise delivery and content of legal education. Shuffling deck chairs . . .
ABA Eyes Tighter Bar Passage Rulehttp://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 0Headlines
Eh, the problem is that bar passage has a lot less to do with the law school and more with the quality of students. I went to Columbia with people who spent two years taking law and basketweaving classes who passed with a 160 MBE scores because they were just really smart.
The problem is the "sliding scale" requirement, where a school just has to maintain a rate within 15 points of the state average or something.