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Monday, October 14, 2013

NLJ: New Law Deans Blog Aims for Tough Look at Legal Education

LPBN LogoNational Law Journal:   New Blog Airs Law Schools' Laundry: Deans Aim for Tough Look at Legal Education:

A trio of deans this month launched the first group blog written specifically by law school deans, with the intention of driving the national conversation about legal education [Law Deans on Legal Education Blog].

Weary of keeping quiet as critics in the media and online opine on law schools’ problems, the three deans want the blog to be a must-read among their peers, faculty and students on topics ranging from student debt and rising costs to accreditation and declining applications. ... [T]he new blog reflects a growing realization among some law school deans that they need to more actively help frame how the public views legal education.

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Just a cursory glance at this blog indicates it has been set up as a defense of the status quo. A post (poorly) defending the allegedly inevitable rise of costs and tuition, and then numerous others suggesting some form of tinkering with curriculum.

Hey Deans, the only change that matters is a reduction in cost. A modified legal education that costs the same does not solve any problem. Thus, you are all still defending the status quo.

Posted by: JM | Oct 14, 2013 11:45:56 AM

Why should the legal academy engage in cost reduction? After all, the legal academy has earned the right, through their academic pedigree and forsaken guaranteed big firm partnerships, to charge as high of a price they could command from those academically inferior students who did not work hard enough to earn a strong LSAT score. It is not as if these members received a better quality of life in terms of hours worked, demanding clients, for leaving the big firm world.

Instead of asking for cost reductions, society owes a debt of gratitude to the unfairly maligned legal academy, especially courageous ones like Dean Mitchell of Case Western, who have enriched the lives of their students, and in turn, society as a whole.

Posted by: Cent Rieker | Oct 14, 2013 5:57:16 PM