it recognizes the critical intersection law
has with other disciplines.
What do you see for the future of legal
I think there will be a contraction in the
number of law schools. There is a “flight
to quality” happening that is healthy.
Students are becoming more careful
about where they invest their time and
tuition dollars. I think there will also be
more diversification among law schools
as each seeks to thrive in a more com-
petitive environment — perhaps greater
market segmentation that will, I hope, be
beneficial for access to justice. Mission
focus is critical.
Some schools are talking about
dropping the third year of law school,
and I think some will do that. I’m not
a big fan of that approach — whether it
means actually shortening law school or
compressing the existing format (which
all schools are doing right now). In my
opinion, making the very best use of
the three years is better than collaps-
ing legal education into a shorter time
period. We need to have better-advised
and sequenced progression of education,
where skills are integrated across the
curriculum. We have a Curricular In-
novation Committee that is conducting
faculty workshops and gathering steam
in making changes to the curriculum.
We are also broadening what we mean
by skills — adding important ones such
as financial and technological literacy,
project management, leadership, and
cross-cultural competency to more tradi-
tional legal skills.
How would you respond to charges that
some people are leveling at law schools
about not being transparent with job
and hiring rates for graduates?
We are careful about this. Actually, I
think most schools are. It is not as simple
as it appears because graduates do many
things with a law degree — many exactly
what they had hoped to be doing. For
example, if one of my graduates goes to
work for the Gates Foundation as a program officer in global health, which is
what she came to law school to gain skills
for, is that full-time “legal” employment?
We need to be honest and transparent, of
course, but we also need to leave room
for schools whose grads enter a wider
variety of careers than the traditional
practice of law.
Overall, I think the conversation that
has come out of this is good. Students
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I think there will be a
contraction in the number
of law schools. There is a
“flight to quality” happening
that is healthy. Students are
becoming more careful about
where they invest their time
and tuition dollars.