U.S. law school make changes to adapt to needs of students, legal professionals
The Washington Post reports prospects aren't as rosy as they once were for students considering whether to take on six-figure debt to go to law school. Photo by Deutschlandreform via Wikimedia Commons.
It’s a fact that law school enrollment is down and that is hurting the bottom line at law schools.
Also a fact, law firms are laying off staff.
What’s not as clear is what the future holds for law schools and attorneys entering the legal profession, according to a story in The Washington Post.
The story says some feel law school programs teach too much theory, which won’t come up in everyday work at a law firm.
As a result, some schools are increasing practical training, including
- more writing courses
- more externships
- requiring students to take courses on the economics of a law firm in case they decide to start their own practice.
While the outlook of many in the story is negative, there are others who see a silver lining.
“A new study found that the financial impact of unemployment at graduation fades as students gain experience in the workplace. One of the authors of the study, Seton Hall University’s Michael Simkovic, said the findings are good news for aspiring lawyers.”
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