Results from Experiments with the Law School Model
Two-year degree programs? Practical skills training rather than classwork for 3Ls? In Elizabeth Olson's The 2-Year Law Education Fails to Take Off in the New York Times, examines these different approaches -- and they're varied success -- to solve a fundamental problem: law firms and other legal employers no longer want to hire law students who have only academic training. They want first year lawyers to be practice ready. It's a slow and painful process for law schools -- and of course law students -- who are struggling with student debt crisis, dwindling law school enrollment, and other problems related to the glut of junior attorneys currently on the market.
And it's more reminder for law students and junior lawyers to highlight their practical skills training on their legal resumes.