Increasing the practicality of law school

According to the American Bar Association's first empirical survey of law school curricula in a decade (which will be released on Aug. 4), 76 percent of law schools surveyed have modified their curricula to adapt to the employment issues our law graduates face today. The National Law Journal notes this is only one of the ...


  1. Education of any kind (even law school education), when it’s done well, prepares you for life, not to pass an exam. The idea that the first year law school curriculum should be dictated by the Bar exam is just silly. There’s a perverse irony in the contemporary calls for reform of legal education. A generation of badly educated young people (largely because political demagoguery dominated educational policy when they were in elementary and secondary school) is now demanding that graduate education be reshaped to fit their simple-minded and superficial beliefs. “You get what you pay for” still has force.

  2. jic@harfordcountymd.gov

    In the summer of 1976, I participated in the UB law Rule 16 program by trying cases at a State’s Attorneys office. As a result I was offered a job at that office after admission to the bar. Now as the State’s Attorney, I look for Rule 16 experience in the courtroom on resumes I screen from job applicants. Not only is it a valuable learning experience but it is a three month job interview with someone who can give you a meaningful employment reference.