Rankings, Economic Challenge, and the Future of Legal Education

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 61, 2012

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013154

8 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012  

Gene R. Nichol Jr.

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Date Written: February 29, 2012

Abstract

This essay is based on the keynote address Nichol delivered at the annual ABA law deans meeting in 2010. There he claims, in brief: “I believe, given the economics, that we are in for more than a modest dose of change in legal education — public and private, national and regional, elite and virtuously middle-tier. I also think that we are not as well positioned as we should be to deal with the unfolding challenge. We have gone far, in the last twenty-five years or so, toward breaking the bank, pushing costs beyond both call and sustainability. I doubt that we have done so to good end, that we have made optimum investments. I am quite sure that we have failed to bolster a mission in the common good.”

Keywords: legal education

Suggested Citation

Nichol, Gene R., Rankings, Economic Challenge, and the Future of Legal Education (February 29, 2012). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 61, 2012; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013154. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2013154

Gene R. Nichol Jr. (Contact Author)

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