Skip to main content
Unpublished Paper
The End of Law Schools
ExpressO (2015)
  • Ray Worthy Campbell

Law schools as we know them are doomed. They continue to offer an educational model originally designed to prepare lawyers to practice in common law courts of a bygone era. That model fails to prepare lawyers for today’s highly specialized practices, and it fails to provide targeted training for the emerging legal services fields other than traditional lawyering.

This article proposes a new ideology of legal education to meet the needs of modern society. Unlike other reform proposals, it looks not to tweaking the training of traditional lawyers, but to rethinking legal education in light of a changing legal services marketplace that sees lawyers supplemented by alternate vendors such as compliance specialists, legal consultants, and even software programs.

  • legal education,
  • compliance,
  • newlaw,
  • legal services,
  • law and society,
  • Langdell,
  • law school,
  • law schools,
  • e-discovery,
  • mediation,
  • legal process
Publication Date
February 18, 2015
Citation Information
Ray Worthy Campbell. "The End of Law Schools" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: