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Rethinking U.S. Legal Education: No More 'Same Old, Same Old'


Nancy B. Rapoport


University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

2013

Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2013
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper

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In this Essay, I suggest that we should think about how to create a curriculum that encourages students to develop a variety of skill sets. Law students simply don’t need three years of Socratic questioning regarding the fine details of court opinions. They need a wide range of experiences, preferably building on skill sets (like the twenty-six Berkeley factors) that effective lawyers have developed. A law school’s curriculum should have courses that focus on different factors in each year of law school. Ultimately, what we should be teaching law students is how to develop the judgment to advise clients. Teaching students how to think about the law is no longer – and probably never was – enough.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: legal education, Berkeley factors, skills training, curriculum, law school

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K20, K30

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Date posted: June 8, 2013 ; Last revised: August 29, 2013

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Rapoport, Nancy B., Rethinking U.S. Legal Education: No More 'Same Old, Same Old' (2013). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2013; UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2275315

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