A Blueprint for Change
William D. Henderson
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
December 30, 2012
Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 461, 2013
Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 230
This Article discusses the financial viability of law schools in the face of massive structural changes now occurring within the legal industry. It then offers a blueprint for change – a realistic way for law schools to retool themselves in an attempt to provide our students with high quality professional employment in a rapidly changing world. Because no institution can instantaneously reinvent itself, a key element of my proposal is the “12% solution.” Approximately 12% of faculty members take the lead on building a competency-based curriculum that is designed to accelerate the development of valuable skills and behaviors prized by both legal and nonlegal employers. For a variety of practical reasons, successful implementation of the blueprint requires law schools to band together in consortia. The goal of these initiatives needs to be the creation and implementation of a world-class professional education in which our graduates consistently and measurably outperform graduates from traditional J.D. programs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49
Keywords: Legal Education, Lawyer Competencies, Structural Change
JEL Classification: B15, I20, I21, I22, I28, J44, J60, J40, J62, L10, L84, M51, O31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 18, 2013 ; Last revised: May 8, 2013
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