Legal Education Reform in the News

by Peter Jetton

Washington and Lee figures prominetly in an article out today (Sept. 7) from the National Law Journal looking at legal education reform efforts at several U.S. law schools. In addition to W&L’s new third year program, the article looks at reform efforts at Duke, UCLA and Northwestern. Washington and Lee Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla told the paper, “I think we are at a moment of historical change across the landscape of legal education. When we look back at this period in five to 10 years, we will mark it as the time when the whole mission of law schools made a fundamental turn.”  Another article also out today from Chicago Lawyer, looks specifically at the issue of ethics training, which W&L addresses in both the second year with the Professional Responsbility course and the third year through the year-long Professionalism course, during which students study and reflect on legal ethics, civility in practice, civic leadership, pro bono service, and law firm economics.

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