University of Denver

An Opening Musing on Legal Education and More

Former Senior Director

Frank Bowman guest blogs on Concurring Opinions and offers some thoughts on how law schools outside the top 30 can sustain themselves while meeting the needs of their students. His suggestions? 

  • Reverse the trend toward competing for faculty by offering ever-lower teaching loads to tenure-track professors.
  • Rethink the constellation of preferred qualifications for entry-level tenure-track law professors.
  • Reconsider the role of “legal scholarship” in American law schools.

Two days later, Bowman criticizes those who rationalize experiential learning on the premise that clients are no longer willing to pay for associate training.  Not only is this explanation incomplete, he postures, it’s a poor rationalization when plenty good reasons exist to support experiential learning.