Saturday, April 10, 2010
Following up on yesterday's post, HLS & NYLS Host Conference Today on Future Ed -- New Business Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education: Above the Law reports on some provocative comments at the Apocalypse Now session by:
- Chester Paul Beach (General Counsel, United Technologies): "We don’t allow first or second year associates to work on any of our matters without special permission, because they’re worthless."
- Gillian Hadfield (Professor, USC): "[G]raduating 3L students are worthless. They’re really, really awful."
See also National Law Journal, Consensus: Law Schools Aren't Changing Fast Enough:
Paul Lippe, chief executive officer of Legal OnRamp, was even harsher in his evaluation of legal education. The biggest problem, he said, is the inability of lawyers to view the world from the perspective of their business clients. While lawyers have been conditioned to expect a world in which their prices continually rise and things are done the way they always have been in the past, clients expect a world in which prices always come down and innovation is paramount.
"Law school is not simply incomplete," Lippe said. "It's directionally wrong in many respects because it's misaligned with where the world really is. In my opinion, most of the things I see that are problematic in the profession right now are rooted in law schools."