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Opportunity Lost: How Law School Disappoints Law Students, the Public, and the Legal Profession

Submitted by Joe Hoffman on Tue, 11-10-2009
Dolin, Jason M.
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California Western Law Review
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United States
The paper discusses how current law school pedagogy fails to prepare, or even attempt to prepare, students to practice law. Churning out large numbers of law students who have paid for an expensive and inefficient education, law schools continue to practice 19th century pedagogical methods. Although these methods have been discredited as ineffective, law faculties largely continue using these familiar methods. The paper discusses how all three of law schools constituencies - law students, the profession, and the public - will be better served by law school adopting methods and techniques that are used in other professional education.
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