As Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos has observed, it has rapidly become a cliche that law schools are in crisis. They charge too much, and they don’t prove adequate training or job placement in return.  As a result, they are losing enrollees quickly, which means that a number of them may have to start cutting back or shutting down in the foreseeable future.

And, rather than confront the problems, most legal academics have shrugged and talked about how the problem is systemic, and therefore likely insoluble.

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 I’ve written before about the current crisis in legal education. And I write from the perspective of an interested bystander. I like the idea of well-educated lawyers, but I also think that legal scholarship is often impractical and insufficiently strategic.

Moreover, it seems that the standard complaints about law school at this point are that (1) it is too expensive; (2) it does not teach one how to be a lawyer; and (3) it turns out too many lawyers for too few legal jobs. One could characterize all of these objections in economic terms like this: a profession like … Continue Reading

 In the past year, there has been a spate of criticism of legal education. The upshot: it’s too expensive, it doesn’t actually train new lawyers, and it produces a lot of scholarship of no use to practitioners or judges. Pair this rising criticism with rising educational costs and rising legal unemployment, and it is hard to deny that law schools are facing a real crisis of legitimacy. As a very large consumer of legal scholarship, and a big fan of well-educated lawyers, this worries me.

From what I’ve seen, there are a few questions that espouse … Continue Reading