The Lawyer of the Future

7 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2013

Date Written: 2013


Introspection is the order of the day for legal education and the legal profession. The economic stress of the last few years tore away at many of the traditional models of law practice and caused many to question the value of a legal education. The combination of rising tuition and a challenging employment market causes very bright, aspiring lawyers and judges to question whether law is a wise professional choice for them. The history of legal education and the legal profession provides powerful positive responses to these contemporary doubters. Rigorously educated legal professionals are problem-solvers, models of civil discourse, agents of orderly social change, articulators of policy, enforcers of procedural safeguards, and guardians of sacred inalienable rights. Law-trained professionals are, in short, the face of the rule of law that is the envy of much of the world. Recognizing all the challenges of this time in history, the central value of the importance of legal education cannot be diminished.

Keywords: legal education, legal profession

Suggested Citation

Tacha, Deanell, The Lawyer of the Future (2013). Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 337, 2013, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013/12, Available at SSRN:

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