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Law Schools Customize Degrees To Students' Taste

Publication Date: 
January 09, 2009
The Chronicle Of Higher Education
Peter Schmidt

Professor Lawrence C. Marshall is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education in a story about how law schools have adapted to make the law school experience more attractive to students. Peter Schmidt reports:

The rise of niche programs comes at a time of intense debate over whether the curriculum of law schools should undergo profound change.

This broader discussion was spurred by a January 2007 report, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which concluded that too few students are graduating from law school adequately prepared to work in the field. Although some legal educators cheered the report, others greeted it with skepticism, and the question of how to respond to it remains high on the agenda of the Association of American Law Schools, which holds its annual meeting this week.


Lawrence C. Marshall, director of clinical education at Stanford University's law school and head of a consortium of 10 law schools developing responses to the Carnegie report, say its recommendations and the trend toward specialization "really dovetail together very nicely." Both, he says, call for students to get practical training in the areas they will be working in "to help them think not just like lawyers but like clients."