Organizing a Business Law Department Within a Law School

20 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020

Date Written: October 4, 2020


This article argues that legal education needs to get its act together by getting organized. Unlike the rest of the university, law schools are over a century behind in recognizing the need for the greater organization that departments can provide. Specialization, which did not exist many years ago, has become so universal that some members of any faculty either cannot understand or care about, much less govern wisely, what goes on around them. Ignorance is compounded by non-professional agendas driven by ideologies and interdisciplinary interests. One probable result of disorganization in legal education has been a decline in bar passage rates and enrollments. This article provides a road map to a cure.

Keywords: education, business law, organization, department

JEL Classification: K20, I20

Suggested Citation

Carney, William J., Organizing a Business Law Department Within a Law School (October 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

William J. Carney (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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