Paul L. Caron

Friday, March 27, 2020

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Lead story: The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education has issued a new report on the future of legal education: Principles For Legal Education and Licensure in the 21st Century: Principles and Commentary.   This report is probably the most important statement on Legal Education since the "Carnegie Report" and "Best Practices" appeared in 2007.  It contains a bold plan, which urges legal education reform now.

The report states, "There is positive change already underway; passionate innovators in every sector of legal education and licensure strive for progress every day. To build on that work, we need systemic change—and we need it now."  It continues, ""The Commission believes that systemic change is possible. The Foundational and Operational Principles provide a platform for structured change. Individuals and institutions can use these Principles to assess current practices and fashion new ones."  The plan concludes, "Although continued study is critical, we must move forward purposefully with aligned, transparent, and meaningful change. It is past time to shift collectively from study into action."

In other words, the future of legal education is now.

Other legal education news:

  • Kris Franklin (NYLS), Method Lawyering: Immersion Teaching Illustrated
  • E. Scott Fruehwald, ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education, Principles For Legal Education and Licensure in the 21st Century: Principles and Commentary: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
  • E. Scott Fruehwald, How to Teach Lawyers, Judges, and Law Students Critical Thinking: Chapter Two: Understanding Critical Thinking
  • Law School Transparency, LST's 2025 Vision
  • Peter Nemerovsky (UNC), Help Wanted: An Empirical Study of LRW Hiring
  • U.S.  News Law Specialty Rankings, Business/Corporate Law, Clinical Training, Contracts/ Commercial Law, Constitutional LawCriminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Environmental LawHealth Care LawTax Law
  • Coronavirus and legal education:

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