Synergy and Tradition: The Unity of Research, Service, and Teaching in Legal Education

26 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2016

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Frank A. Pasquale

Brooklyn Law School; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project

Date Written: February 4, 2016

Abstract

Most non-profit law schools generate public goods of enormous value: important research, service to disadvantaged communities, and instruction that both educates students about present legal practice and encourages them to improve it. Each of these missions informs and enriches the others. However, technocratic management practices menace law schools’ traditional missions of balancing theory and practice, advocacy and scholarly reflection, study of and service to communities. This article defends the unity and complementarity of law schools’ research, service, and teaching roles. (For those short on time, the chart on pages 45-46 encapsulates the conflicting critiques of law schools which this article responds to.)

Keywords: legal education, techno-utopianism, MOOC, legal scholarship, legal profession, higher education, monetization

Suggested Citation

Pasquale, Frank A., Synergy and Tradition: The Unity of Research, Service, and Teaching in Legal Education (February 4, 2016). Journal of the Legal Profession, Forthcoming, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2727859

Frank A. Pasquale (Contact Author)

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