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Shearman & Sterling, Cleary, Merrill: Business Of Law

Publication Date: 
August 26, 2012
Bloomberg News
Ellen Rosen

Dean Larry Kramer spoke with Bloomberg's Ellen Rosen about the school's decision to make the SLSNavigator online career and curriculum guide available to the public.


Called the SLSNavigator, the guide is the brainchild of Larry Kramer, the outgoing dean of the law school.

"Most law schools teach students how to spot problems, but not how to solve problems,” Kramer said in a telephone interview. There is “no generic problem-solving class," he said. "An environmental lawyer faces different problems than a corporate lawyer."

By spelling out "what lawyers do and what skills they have," Kramer said the guide can show students "the foundational requirements" for particular careers.

The guide was created as part of broader curriculum changes at the law school undertaken during Kramer’s tenure. He is leaving to head the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The school decided to release it to the public because it could be “of use to students anywhere,” Kramer said.