It's Not About Us: Beyond the Job Market Critique of U.S. Law Schools
New York Law School
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, segmentationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 14, 2012 ; Last revised: April 7, 2013
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