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Practicing Theory: Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century


Larry E. Ribstein (Deceased)


University of Illinois College of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

March 3, 2011

Iowa Law Review, Vol. 96, pp. 1649-1676, 2011
Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS11-12

Abstract:     
Law practice and legal education are facing fundamental changes. Many assume that these changes will force law schools to give up on theory and focus more on training students for the practice of law. However, this essay shows that the future may be more uncertain and complex. The only thing that is certain is that law schools may face, for the first time, the need to provide the type of education the market demands rather than serving lawyers' and law professors’ preferences. Legal educators must respond to these demands by serving not just the existing U.S. market for legal services but also a global market for legal information. This may call for training in some, but not all, of the theories and disciplines that have been developing in law schools.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

JEL Classification: K11, K41, K49

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Date posted: March 4, 2011 ; Last revised: December 17, 2012

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Ribstein (Deceased), Larry E., Practicing Theory: Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century (March 3, 2011). Iowa Law Review, Vol. 96, pp. 1649-1676, 2011; Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS11-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1776043

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