Who Needs a Lawyer Anyway?

16 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Mar 2017

Date Written: 2014


Dean Tacha identifies the duty of the legal academy to nurture the success factors that make lawyers good counselors, good officers of the court, and good public educators. She argues that traditional legal education excels at teaching students to think like lawyers. The question is whether traditional models train law students to act like lawyers who are problem solvers for the community. The public needs lawyers who are problem solvers, client servers, articulators of the American ideal of self-government, models of the rule of law, and servants of the common good. Changes in the legal market and in law schools have resulted in a climate ripe for change. The people that go to law school today do so with great seriousness and attention to what it means to be a lawyer and what they hope to accomplish in their professional lives. Today’s law students are hungry to make a difference, and the legal academy, lawyers, judges, and legal educators alike, can and should join together to attract and train a new generation of lawyer-patriots.

Keywords: legal education, law schools, legal profession, lawyers, Judge Leonard Garth, legal clinics, clinical education, experiential learning, skills training

Suggested Citation

Tacha, Deanell, Who Needs a Lawyer Anyway? (2014). Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2014, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015/7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589160

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