Learning How To Be A Lawyer

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Author(s): 
Cunningham, Clark D.
Conference title: 
Profession and Academy: How Are They Addressing Major Changes in Law Practice?
Conference location: 
University of Maryland School of Law
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2010

1. Changes in the current practice of law
a. Bill Henderson on the demise of the “Cravath Model”
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/cravath-model
b. Paul Beach, Associate General Counsel, United Technologies
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/future-ed-pt1
Session 1: 35:30 - 52:00 minutes
40:00 – We are trying really hard to kill the billable hour
41:50 – We are trying to destroy the large pyramidal law firm structure
49:00 – We are one of those firms who does not allow 1st or 2nd year associates to work on our matters without special permission, because they’re worthless
c. Rapid growth in solo practice:
Report of the ABA Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs
www.abanet.org/op/lamm/docs/accomplishments_for_website.pdf

2. Post-degree education for practice
a. Other common-law jurisdictions
Scotland
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/legal-education-scotland
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/scotland-peat
England and Wales
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/licensing-lawyers-england
Canada
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/canadian-bar-admissions

b. UCLA
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/ucla-transition-practice-llm
c. National Institute for Trial Advocacy
www.nita.org
d. CUNY Law School programs to support solo and small firm practitioners
http://law.gsu.edu/niftep/WorkshopS10-CUNY.htm
e. Signet Accreditation Program for Lawyers in Scotland
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/signet-accreditation

3. Law school courses that prepare for practice
a. Fundamentals of Law Practice at Georgia State: Charlotte Alexander article
http://law.gsu.edu/ccunningham/FLP/
b. Washington & Lee Third Year
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/developing-professional-judgment (pp 22-26)
c. First year programs at Indiana, Minnesota, Mercer
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/developing-professional-judgment (pp 19- 22)
d. Performance-Based Approach to Licensing Lawyers:
The New Hampshire “Two-Year Bar Examination”
www.teachinglegalethics.org/content/new-hampshire-two-year-bar-exam

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