Friday, November 27, 2020
Christian Sundquist (Albany), The Future of Law Schools: COVID-19, Technology, and Social Justice, 53 Conn. L. Rev. Online ___ (2020):
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare not only the social and racial inequities in society, but also the pedagogical and access to justice inequities embedded in the traditional legal curriculum. The need to re-envision the future of legal education existed well before the current pandemic, spurred by the shifting nature of legal practice as well as demographic and technological change. This article examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on legal education, and posits that the combined forces of the pandemic, social justice awareness and technological disruption will forever transform the future of both legal education and practice.
Law schools are facing unprecedented pressure to change from a perfect storm of social, public health and technological forces. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the ongoing disruptions to legal education and practice caused by technology and social justice activism. Law schools should use this unique moment in time to acknowledge that these structural forces have rendered the traditional education model in need of transformative change, while taking bold measures to thoughtfully envision the law school of the future, today.