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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reforming Legal Education: Law Schools at the Crossroads

ReformReforming Legal Education: Law Schools at the Crossroads (David M. Moss (University of Connecticut, School of Education) & Debra Moss Curtis (Nova Southeastern University Law School), eds. 2012):

In today's volatile law school environment, curriculum reform has emerged as a significant focus. It is commonly understood that law schools effectively teach certain analytical skills, but are less successful in other areas, and often scramble to adapt to evolving aims. This book demonstrates how law schools are successfully reforming their curriculum -- and lays the framework to show how all schools of law can engage in a continuous reform model that proactively shapes our profession.

It is expected that faculty and professional staff engaged in legal education will utilize this book as a primary resource to guide their respective reform efforts. Each contributed chapter presents a case study of a data-driven curriculum reform effort. The initial chapters set the conceptual context for the book, while the final chapter offers summative recommendations for considering legal education reform as derived from the earlier case study chapters. This book adds significantly to the literature in legal education, as we gain first hand insight into evidence based reform for the legal education community.

The Table of Contents and Introduction are material is available on SSRN.

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Chapter 2 - "Washington & Lee University School of Law: Reforming the Third Year of Law School" is also available on SSRN at this link: (it was posted by authors Bob Danforth, Lyman Johnson and David Millon a few weeks ago).

Posted by: Brian Clarke | Oct 4, 2012 10:47:58 AM