SGB: LEADERS IN
We give each client personal attention, heartfelt compassion, and
hand-crafted representation. If you have a client who has received a
diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
contact Thomas Breen, Kristin Houser or Bill Rutzick.
40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ADVOCATING FOR
ASBESTOS VICTIMS IN WASHINGTON STATE.
mer and finish 24 months later, in time
for the July bar.
Are other law schools adopting two-
A few. It’s still very novel and very new,
and we’ve gotten a lot of interest in our
applicants. The last time I checked, 37
percent of our applicants were for the
Wow. That’s impressive for the first
year of the program. What do you think
legal education is going to look like 10
years down the road?
More and more experiential. It’s hard
to predict because the ABA regulates
law schools incredibly. Right now for
example, a student is limited and we’re
limited in offering a maximum of 12
hours of online education. Now, I do not
want to see law schools become an online school, but could we offer more online learning than 12 hours? Currently,
there’s a proposal in front of the ABA to
increase it to 15 — still not a lot.
Do you think shifting to more Internet
availability would reduce the cost?
It could. For example, if we’re teaching
a course in employment law, and our
employment law person is on sabbatical. Instead of hiring someone, could we
join a class at another law school in the
area via Skype or some other way? Could
law schools offer on a routine basis less
specialized classes and let a larger law
school offer those specialized classes and
allow our students to take them? Or we
might have expertise that even a larger
law school does not have. So, we have
someone here who teaches animal law.
If that’s not offered at a larger law school,
or any other law school, could they Skype
their students here?
A common criticism of legal education is that law schools are producing
a faulty product because graduates are
leaving law school with staggering debt
loads and not practice-ready. How do
you respond to that?
Well, if they are talking about Gonzaga,
they are absolutely wrong. About the “not
practice-ready,” I think there are still
many law schools where students gradu-
ate having had virtually no experience. I
think that’s a problem. And law students
do graduate with staggering debt; that’s
something that we all need to address.
But given the regulations by the ABA
about what we can and cannot do, it’s very
difficult to reduce the cost of legal educa-
tion. A lot of people seem to blame the
staggering cost of legal education on fac-
ulty doing more scholarship and teach-
ing less. The faculty at Gonzaga teach
four courses a year, which is the standard
around the country . . . and Gonzaga is
actually a moderately-priced law school.
Our tuition this year was approximately
$36,000. If you look at a state school in
California, tuition was approximately
$44,000 for in-state residents of Califor-
nia. So that puts it into some perspective.
Do you think that the accelerated
program will help with the cost? I’ve
heard that the tuition you’re paying is
Because it’s the same number of semesters. What we help with is that third year