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Is legal education solely law schools’ responsibility? ABA task force thinks not

Jun 26, 2013, 08:17 pm CDT


Tuition exploded because of decades of hazy , misleading jobs and outcomes data, and zero underwriting of student loans. Easy credit, bad info, and here we are. The ABA is too conflicted to do this right. Too many academics feeding at the public trough. I hope the next Congress cuts the BS and makes schools eat the default costs of students. That would end this crap real fast. 200+ schools? Come on. Whose interest is served here?

By Guest on 2013 06 27, 4:25 am CDT

This type of system makes it where there will be an even greater decline in small town attorneys. If you have 150,000+ in law school debt then how can you afford to go to a rural community and advocate for the locals? I was foolish enough to pass up scholarship offers in order to be closer to home. Now it seems that I will not be able to stay close to home after I graduate because I am going to need a higher paying job than can be afforded in my home town firms.

By guest on 2013 06 27, 12:47 pm CDT

To answer the question posed by the headline: No. Legal education happens where it happened before the emergence of law schools: in the practice of law.

By Another Guest on 2013 06 27, 2:42 pm CDT

"Is legal education solely law schools' responsibility?" Uh, no, it's the law student's responsibility to actively seek out and learn enough to be ready to practice. Wherever they may need to seek it out, including outside the ivory walls of the law school. Law students are all big boys and girls, they don't need mommy holding their hand as they walk to class.

Those that haven't figured out their main task as law students is to develop enough knowledge and skills to become employable, or possibly even ready to go out on their own to practice, will still be sitting there after the bar exam wondering why nobody is standing at the door ready to hand them a job.

By Netochka Nezvanova on 2013 06 27, 4:30 pm CDT

Ms. Nezvanova:

True to some extent, and important to keep in mind in principle. Nevertheless, if we allow the purveyors to sell shoddy goods, and let all the burden fall on the purchasers, we won't fix the system.

By Steven McIntire Allen on 2013 06 28, 5:09 am CDT

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