Beyond 'Thinking Like a Lawyer' and the Traditional Legal Paradigm: Toward a Comprehensive View of Legal Education

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Jess Krannich

Kirkland & Ellis

James R. Holbrook

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Julie McAdams

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we first detail the historical underpinnings of traditional legal education and the impetus for law schools' focus on the skill of legal reasoning. We then discuss in depth the limitations and consequences of this method of instruction. Finally, we address the changes that have been occurring in the institutional culture of legal education in recent years, changes that stem from the shortcomings of the traditional model. We believe that these changes are the harbinger of a broad shift in the nature of legal education -- a shift toward a more comprehensive, integrated approach designed to teach students the broad range of skills and perspectives they will need to succeed as professionals.

Suggested Citation

Krannich, Jess and Holbrook, James R. and McAdams, Julie, Beyond 'Thinking Like a Lawyer' and the Traditional Legal Paradigm: Toward a Comprehensive View of Legal Education (2009). Denver University Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 2, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446685

Jess Krannich

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James R. Holbrook (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

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Julie McAdams

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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