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Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Comment: The Sullivan article may be the most important article on legal education I've read in the past few years.  Its thesis is revolutionary: Law schools not only need to include professional identity formation in the curriculum, they need to frame the curriculum around it.  This would indeed be a disruptive innovation, which would create a 21st-century approach to legal education.

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From the Sullivan article:

"Through Langdell, the academy took the training of future legal professionals out of the hands of the practicing bar and bench."

"the core of Langdell’s revolution was the rejection of the older idea that law schools should select faculty on the basis of expertise in practice. "

Anyone else see the screeching cognitive dissonance in those two statements? And now these nebbish neophytes running the legal academy are supposed to show students how to form a professional identity? What is their own professional identity, pray tell? How much of it did they form in their 12 or 18 months of reviewing documents or writing preliminary drafts out of boilerplate templates?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 18, 2017 10:46:42 PM