Book Review of Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World by Deborah a. Maranville, Lisa Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Jeffrey R. Baker, Book Review, 65 J. Legal Educ. 988 (2016) (reviewing Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo López, eds., Building on Best Practices–Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (2015)).
7 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2016 Last revised: 8 Aug 2016
Date Written: Summer 2016
Building on Best Practices is a worthy addition to the canon of literature on reforming legal education. Before the Great Recession, without today’s pressing economic incentives, law schools made uneven strides to incorporate lessons from MacCrate, Best Practices, and Carnegie. Today, compounding economic crises and escalating accreditation requirements make reform urgent, necessary, and inevitable. To demonstrate that law schools can still add value to careers and society, legal educators must grapple with structural changes that affect every aspect of teaching, learning and researching. Building on Best Practices provides diverse expertise and useful guidance on approaching these challenges and on improving and expanding the enterprise of legal education.
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