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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Law Grads Need to be 'Client-Ready' (Not 'Practice-Ready')

National Law Journal op-ed:  Law School Grads Should be 'Client Ready', by Ruth Anne Robbins (Rutgers-Camden):

The phrase "practice ready" is something of a misnomer. It was popularized by The New York Times in late 2011 in a feature about law firms teaching law graduates how to practice law because law schools give it short shrift. The Times borrowed the phrase from the ABA's resolution about legal education, adopted that summer. Since then, the phrase has made dozens of appearances online and in print. ...

The time has come for entire law school faculties to move the focus of nonclinical experiential courses toward the notion of client. True curricular reform will begin when law schools, consistent with the ABA's call, choreograph a curriculum that is constructed around client-centeredness.

See also Paul Horwitz (Alabama), What Ails the Law Schools?, 111 Mich. L. Rev. ___ (2013):

[T]he role and needs of the client have been surprisingly marginal in recent discussions of law school reform. The client needs to be a prominent part of reform discussions, which suggests, contrary to some extant views, that curricular reform ought to continue to be part of the discussion along with economic and structural reform.

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The best thing law schools can do is remain loyal to the concept of law as a profession and stop letting a bunch of narrow-minded profit-seekers tell them what to do.

Posted by: michael livingston | Feb 20, 2013 2:36:42 AM