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February 24, 2014

Law school curriculum survey

by Dan Rodriguez

from a group of Harvard Law professors.

The reader can, without my help, think of various caveats about this study.  (I will just mention one:  there was a very selective group of employers surveyed).

Nonetheless, some interesting takeaways:

  • Emphasis on business-related courses.   Not only traditional business law courses, but also accounting & financial reporting;
  • Intellectual property courses preferred.  Three IP courses — survey course, patents, and copyright — on short list;
  • Administrative law.  Finally!  Some validation of what I have been telling law students for two decades

Despite the limitations of the study, the general project of asking practicing lawyers what students should study in law school strikes me as a worthwhile one.  Let’s see some more systematic surveys!

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