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Unpublished Paper
The End of Law Schools
ExpressO (2015)
  • Ray W Campbell

What would legal education look like if it were designed from the ground up for a world in which legal services have undergone profound and irreversible change? 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 services education needs to move beyond Christopher Columbus Langdell’s belief that legal service is principally about parsing doctrine, and move towards educating a diverse array of professions in the diverse skill sets needed to solve problems for today’s clientele.

  • legal services,
  • legal education,
  • newlaw,
  • compliance,
  • specialization,
  • legal profession
Publication Date
March 13, 2015
Citation Information
Ray W Campbell. "The End of Law Schools" ExpressO (2015)
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