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January 25, 2012

More on legal training and the undergraduate “advantage”

by dan rodriguez

From an Australian law professor, courtesy of U. Chicago law prof, Brian Leiter.

In reference to the dialogue occasioned by the McGinnis-Mangas op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (linked and described in a previous post on this blog), it becomes murkier whether and to what extent common law countries have simply folded legal education into the undergraduate core.  As the Australian experience demonstrates, there is more here than meets the eye.  While a key part of the McMangas critique, lucidly argued to be sure, is that universities could undertake post-graduate training for specialized purposes, it is notable that Australia and other countries (Japan, Germany, India, and South Korea come quickly to mind) are moving toward the post-graduate JD and not the LLM as a model for a well-configured system of legal education.

Much food for thought!  Comments welcome.

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