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January 31, 2014

New York panel on legal education predicaments

by Dan Rodriguez

From Syracuse Chancellor and former law dean, the observation that what is facing legal education is not a crisis but a “management challenge.”  Provocative, and not implausible, view that law schools are undergoing processes similar to other sectors of the economy.  Less useful, however, is seeing this in abstract terms as a management challenge without undertaking the hard work of describing and proscribing structures for reducing costs and enhancing educational experience.

Also, the optics of having the ABA president along with state court judges is important.  The conversation about legal education reform must include many stakeholders.  University leaders have especially valuable perspectives; but leaders of the bench and bar are critical to reform efforts as well.

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