Transform the Profession

As the Sept. 20 “Draft Report and Recommendations ABA Task Force on The Future of Legal Education” notes: “The principal purpose of law school is to prepare individuals to provide law-related services. This elementary fact is often minimized.”

Last month, I attended my fifth law school reunion. I graduated in May 2008. Little did I or any of my friends know of the transformation that would take place in the legal profession a few short months later. But should we have?

That was on of the many topics we informally discussed during our daylong reunion event. Many of us had viewed our J.D. as a type of advanced liberal arts degree. We studied legal thought and philosophy, leaving practical questions such as will drafting and document requests for bar exams for the law firms to teach.

Why did I see the transformation coming?  More…

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