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Training Law Students For Real-Life Careers

Publication Date: 
October 31, 2007
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
Jonathan D. Glater

Stanford Law School's curriculum reform efforts are featured in a New York Times trend story about broad curricular shifts being made by a variety of law schools. Dean Larry Kramer is quoted:

Stanford Law and other schools are also making it easier for students to take courses in other graduate-level programs at their universities, recognizing that lawyers often need specialized knowledge in areas like business, technology, biology, international relations, engineering and medicine. Many lawyers today practice across international borders and must be familiar with foreign laws and legal systems.

“Globalization means you have to better prepare lawyers to work in a global context,” said Larry Kramer, dean of Stanford Law.

Larry Marshall, David and Stephanie Mills Director of Clinical Education and associate dean for public interest and clinical education, was also quoted in the story about the role of Stanford Law in a Carnegie Foundation working group that will be examining law school curricula:

In December, Stanford Law will be the host of a meeting of representatives from 10 schools that have designed innovative curriculums, including the City University of New York School of Law, New York University School of Law and the University of Dayton School of Law.

After the meeting, the group will continue working toward a goal of producing a report in 2010, said Lawrence C. Marshall, a professor at Stanford Law who is coordinating the initiative.