University of Denver

More Responses to the NYTimes on Legal Education

Former Senior Director

Two Saturdays ago, the New York Times posted this article about the failure of law schools to adequately prepare lawyers for the practice of law. On Sunday, it featured the article on its coveted front page. And by Sunday afternoon, the online responses from law professors, lawyers, and others were flooding inboxes, RSS feeds, and social networks. The New York Times article had clearly hit a nerve.

The Executive Committee of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers responded here, and Gillian Hadfield, a professor we’ve featured here, wrote a letter to the editor that was published here. The New York Times even hit the topic again last weekend with its editorial on legal education reform.

But there were many more responses worth reading—not necessarily because we agree with them, but because they push the conversation about advancing legal education… and that’s something we can get behind.

Here are just a few:

The Atlantic: Why Law Schools Are So Bad at Creating Lawyers (and How to Fix It)
Computational Legal Studies: Thoughts on the State of American Legal Education
Truth on the Market: The NYT on Law Teaching
Balkinization: David Segal on Law Schools
Brian Leiter: David Segal’s hatchet job on law schools
Concurring Opinions: New York Times Financial Advice: Be an Unpaid Intern Through Your 20s (Then Work till You’re 100)
MyShingle: Solos Don’t Need A Separate Education
She Negotiates: Occupy Law School at Solo Practice University
Simple Justice: Law Profs Have Short Legs
Concurring Opinions: “The first thing we do, let’s [train] all the lawyers.”
Above the Law: Pay to Go to Law School or Get Paid to Quit: You Won’t Be Learning Anything Either Way