Working Paper – ABA Task Force on Future of Legal Education

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 4, 2013

“The American legal profession, the nation’s law schools, and the American Bar Association have collaborated over several generations to create a system of legal education that is widely envied around the world. At present, the system faces considerable pressure prompted by rising tuition, large amounts of student debt, falling applications, and limited availability of jobs for law graduates…The Task Force had to develop a framework for presenting its findings and recommendations to ensure a reasonable chance of influencing action. This required balancing competing goals: of articulating hard truths while building wide endorsement of them; of proposing clear, and not always popular, courses of action for various participants in the legal education system while still respecting those actors’ autonomy and judgment; and of offering narrow recommendations that could be implemented immediately while laying the foundation for comprehensive, long term improvements.”

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