It's Not About Us: Beyond the Job Market Critique of U.S. Law Schools
University of South Carolina - School of Law
December 13, 2012
Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Forthcoming
NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 49
Professor Brian Tamanaha’s recent book, Failing Law Schools, offers a damning critique of U.S. law schools from law students’ economic perspective – especially students at non-elite law schools with diminishing access to corporate law jobs. According to Tamanaha, “the current economic barrier to a legal career is one of the most important social justice issues of our age.” Yet U.S. law schools have bigger problems than the contraction of entry-level hiring by large law firms; and law school faculty, deans, and regulators have duties to other stakeholders, in addition to students. This review criticizes Tamanaha’s analysis, and his prescriptions for reform going forward, as a dangerous diversion from a more ambitious and disruptive critique.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: law school, legal education, legal profession, stratification, segmentation
Date posted: December 14, 2012 ; Last revised: April 7, 2013
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