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Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Five years ago, Brent E. Newton nailed up 95 theses about education reform: The Ninety-Five Theses: Systemic Reforms of American Legal Education and Licensure.  He declared, "Every major decision made by a law school should reflect a genuine fiduciary commitment to their students – with the ultimate goal of producing graduates who will be competent, ethical entry-level attorneys, that is, graduates who are 'practice ready.'”  His theses covered many areas of legal education reform:  "(1) defects in the law school admissions process; (2) structural problems resulting from the excessive number of law schools, the ABA accreditation process, the current manner of law school faculty governance, and the current system of ranking law schools; (3) defects in law schools’ curricula, pedagogical methods, and assessments of students; (4) deficiencies in the professoriate at law schools; (5) problems related to legal scholarship and law reviews; and (6) flaws in the bar exam and licensure process and also in the process of graduates’ transition from law school to the job market."

This week and next week, I am revisiting Newton's 95 theses on The Legal Skills Prof Blog to see how much legal education has advanced in the last five years.  (here, here, here)

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/11/weekly-legal-education-roundup-3.html

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