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Friday, July 26, 2013

Bless his heart, but I think he's wrong.

I listened to Lee Pacchia's Bloomberg Law interview of Stephen Sheppard, and I don't doubt Dean Sheppard's sincerity at all, but I disagree with many of the things that he said. 
  • I believe that law schools should report their statistics (jobs, bar passage rates) honestly so that potential law students can make rational decisions on whether to attend a given law school. 
  • I believe that law schools should do everything humanly possible to help their students and their graduates get jobs.  (That means, in part, that law schools should teach some of the skills that lawyers need and, in part, that law schools should invest heavily in their career development offices.)
  • I believe that the criticism of current legal education is good for potential law students.  If the criticism scares away potential law students, that's a good thing, too.  People should enroll in law schools with their eyes wide open.  They should know about the decline in law jobs and the changes in legal practice. 

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