Making Law School More Useful
36 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 28, 2012
This paper offers suggestions for how law schools might better serve students in the increasingly competitive environment in which most schools operate. It treats the central problem as how to share among schools, firms, and clients the cost of training new lawyers. The paper proposes that schools may increase their competitiveness by bearing a greater fraction of the cost of turning college graduates into lawyers than they have in the recent past. In more concrete terms, it proposes propose that to become more useful schools should focus on two objectives: Increasing the fraction of conceptual and analytic training that translates well to practice environments, including by tempering the possibly counterproductive elements of traditional analytical training, and by increasing the degree to which incentives within schools reward work that increases a school’s value as a hub in a network of professional relationships.
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