January 5, 2007
Carnegie Foundations Calls for More Skills and Ethics Training in Law Schools
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching yesterday released Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law, by William M. Sullivan, Anne Colby, Judith Welch Wegner, Lloyd Bond & Lee S. Shulman. The report challenges law schools to provide more skills and ethics training:
"The gap between teaching students to think like a lawyer and act like a lawyer -- especially in ethical situations -- is greater than ever," said Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation and one of the report's authors. The curriculum is also remarkably similar from school to school, which creates "a striking conformity in outlook and habits of thought among law-school graduates," the report finds. The study is expected to create a buzz here at the AALS annual meeting, where it will be distributed and discussed today.
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