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ABA Task Force to Study Future of Legal Education

Posted Aug 9, 2012 4:17 PM CDT
By Mark Hansen

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The ABA has created a task force to study the future of legal education.

The 18-member Task Force on the Future of Legal Education will spend the next two years examining how well law schools are meeting the needs of the legal profession, according to a recent press release.

Outgoing ABA President Wm T. (Bill) Robinson, who established the task force, cited the public's growing attention to the cost of a legal education, the uncertain job prospects for law school graduates and the delivery of legal services in a changing legal market as subjects warranting further examination and analysis.

"Legal education must be evaluated in the context of the marketplace and the nation's and world's unprecedented challenges in an ever-more complex global economy," he said.

The task force, which is made up of representatives from the judiciary, the organized bar, legal education and legal practice, is chaired by recently retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, whom Robinson said is highly respected in the legal community for his leadership, professionalism and civility.

Shepard said the task force will solicit views "in the widest way possible" to help it identify how the bench, bar and legal education community can work together to provide meaningful opportunities for law students and graduates that benefit clients and the public at large.

The task force is expected to complete its work in 2014.

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