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Friday, May 16, 2014

Washington University Symposium: New Ideas in Law and Legal Education

Symposium, New Ideas in Law and Legal Education, 43 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 1-186 (2014):

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There is no demand for practice ready graduates. I repeat, there is no demand for practice ready graduates.

Law firms are seeking to hire the most academically accomplished graduates--if they are seeking to hire at all. Prospective law students are not entering school with the intention of immediately become solo practitioners, which is the only reason one would need to be practice ready.

Only law faculty and administration believe there is a demand for practice ready graduates. Is this because they want to believe that merely changing their curriculum will appease the critics?

A lot of professors read and post here. Someone please explain this "practice ready" phenomenon to me. Where is it originating?

Posted by: JM | May 17, 2014 8:27:50 AM

JM has it on the money. One only needs look so far as the diminished job stats at Washington & Lee post-3L curriculum changes, or at the completely abysmal job stats coming out of the two co-op law schools, Drexel and Northeastern. Northeastern, to be blunt, is basically in a two-way race with American Law School for the greatest disparity of quality of incoming students vs. post-graduation employment outcomes.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | May 17, 2014 9:28:40 AM