October 01, 2012

The Leading Edge

Laurie Ristino

Over the past year, The New York Times has published articles critical of legal education, attacking the cost, pedagogy, and the practicality of a JD. Here’s a sample:

While most of law schools’ professoriate still happily dwell in the uppermost floors of the ivory tower, the view from the ground for new graduates is growing uglier. It’s not just that the market is now awash with castoffs from Big Law, and that clients can now retain graduates from elite schools and pay them $25 or $50 an hour, on contract. The nature of legal work itself is evolving, and the days when corporations buy billable hours, instead of results, are numbered.

David Segal, What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering, N.Y. Times (Nov. 11, 2011).

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