For what are law schools training students?

Today from the redoubtable Mark A. Cohen Dialogue on Remaking Law Firms posts For what are law schools training students? This is part of our recent series on law schools and their role in the legal services ecosystem.

The legal profession and the trillion-dollar global industry are undergoing a transformation. The seminal elements of legal practice—differentiated expertise, experience, skills, and judgment—remain largely unchanged. The delivery of legal services is a different story altogether.

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Where are the law schools?

My post today – Where are the law schools? – is prompted by this media release ‘College of Law to Introduce Australia’s First Master of Legal Business Degree’.

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Will traditional law schools be disrupted?

In the rapidly changing world of legal services these questions must be asked: Will traditional law schools also be disrupted? What will happen to them if they are not? Disrupting Law School, a recent white paper from the Clayton Christensen Institute, suggests many law schools are under major threat because of the changing employment market for lawyers. A concerned question is ‘Which law schools are paying attention?‘.

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Remaking News of the Week: The best little law school in Australia

I recently joined a large crowd for breakfast in Melbourne to hear Foundation Dean Dan Hunter of the Swinburne Law School espouse why he is leading what he intends to be ‘the best little law school in Australia’.

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Deep thinking on the theory and practice of law

Ken Grady’s exercise in deep thinking on the theory and practice of law should be read, nay imbibed, by every practicing and aspirant lawyer, law firm leader, law school teacher and all others who care about the role of lawyers in society. Remember Philip Wood’s riveting The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers? If Ken and his kindred spirits are not heard, we may well be reading the sequel, The Fall of the Lawyers and the Rise of the…     

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