No Law Student Left Behind

Deanell Tacha

Pepperdine University - School of Law


Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 353, 2013
Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013/14

Dean Tacha examines legal education through the lens of the "no child left behind" discourse. Inspired by the controversy generated by this federal legislation focusing on elementary education standards, Dean Tacha evaluates legal education borrowing themes from the debate. She begins her analysis by acknowledging the critical role that lawyers play in modern society. Lawyers preserve the legacy of freedom and justice for all. A good legal education is an important component of protecting the rule of law for generations to come. Dean Tacha challenges legal professionals to come together in common cause to address the current models of legal education to better serve the profession, the nation, and the world for the future. As part of her analysis, Dean Tacha assesses the economic value of a legal education, the "teaching to the test" aspect of legal education, the need for legal education to prepare new lawyers for a rapidly changing legal environment while also instilling some of the age-old skills of the generalist lawyer, the role of the legal profession in shaping legal education, the role of lawyers in our nation and in the world, and how legal education can and should evolve to meet these challenges.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: legal education, law schools, law students, law and society, legal profession

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Date posted: July 26, 2013  

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Tacha, Deanell, No Law Student Left Behind (2013). Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 353, 2013; Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013/14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2291700

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Pepperdine University - School of Law ( email )
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States
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