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Learning from Wall Street: A Venture in Transactional Legal Education

Amy Westbrook

Washburn University School of Law

July 10, 2008

Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2009

The Langdellian model of legal education is widely criticized but very durable. The UB New York City Program in International Finance and Law uses financial market actors, collaborative projects, and immersion in business cultures to teach students how to be transactional and regulatory lawyers in the global financial markets, thereby moving away from the emphasis on appellate cases, doctrine, and litigation that characterizes traditional legal education. This Article describes the UB in NYC program, places the program in the context of past and present efforts to reform legal education, and demonstrates how such programs could be more widely implemented. This Article also argues that such programs can effectively supplement and substantially improve, but cannot replace entirely, the dominant Landellian model of legal education.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: legal education, transactions, finance, financial law, Langdell, American Legal Realism, legal training, legal culture

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Date posted: July 11, 2008 ; Last revised: December 10, 2012

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Westbrook, Amy, Learning from Wall Street: A Venture in Transactional Legal Education (July 10, 2008). Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1158100

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Washburn University School of Law ( email )
1700 College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
United States
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