Revisiting MCLE: Is Compulsory Passive Learning Building Better Lawyers?

Vol. 22 No. 2

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Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School. Lucy Buford Ricca is the Executive Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School.

[N]obody has adduced the slightest reason to believe that inadequate service by lawyers and judges would or will be improved by fifteen hours a year of presence at miscellaneous lectures of some sort or other. All agree that competent professionals don’t need the compulsion; the thought that incompetents will benefit is so improbable on its face as to make the across-the-board command a fantastic species of overkill.

– Marvin Frankel 1

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