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Legal education is in crisis and everyone is talking about it. When the economy took a nosedive, legal jobs were no long-er handed out on a silver platter and law firms began to balk at the expense of training lawyers. You can’t surf the internet without reading yet another blogger’s lament on ‘what law school does not teach you’ or why one ‘should not go to law school.’ Those forces, coupled with the sky-rocketing costs of legal education, have even the United States President (himself a former law professor) suggesting that law school should be shortened to two years. In response, law schools are forced to justify their existence and the code word for survival is the production of “practice-ready” lawyers. However, there is little discussion on what “practice-ready” means, or rather, what it should mean.


Article published in the Winter, 2014 issue of The Learning Curve, pp. 17-18.