Looking Forward: Challenges Facing Legal Education in the 21st Century
Change is always difficult, especially for lawyers. Our professional education leads us to look backwards to precedent, rather than forward to innovation. Our education teaches us to be critical and to take ideas and arguments apart. Law students, and then lawyers, tend to react to problems instead of building a system that focuses on general principles and designing creative solutions to meet their respective long-term needs. In this essay, I try to unshackle my mind from the paradigmatic chains of the past and dream of a better future for legal education. In doing so, I reflect on my experiences in playing a leading role as dean of two new law schools in the United States, Phoenix School of Law and Charlotte School of Law. Below are nine trends or developments that will influence the nature of legal education in the decades ahead, combined with some reflections about how these forces have played out in a new law school environment.
Phoenix Law Review
Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)