Anyone with anything to say about the state of legal education: Here’s your chance:
The task force the American Bar Association formed in August to examine the challenges facing law schools is ramping up its work to finish ahead of schedule and asking for public input on questions ranging from how the cost of legal education hurts students and the legal profession to what law schools should seek to achieve during the next 25 years.
The 19-member Task Force on the Future of Legal Education originally was slated to issue its recommendations in spring 2014; now, it plans to submit that report in fall 2013.
“It’s our view that the pressures on the profession and law schools are sufficiently serious that we needed to act more quickly,” said former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, chairman of the task force.
Shepard said the task force members are less interested in looking back than focusing on concrete proposals.
“We don’t want people to recite the current set of dilemmas,” Shepard said. “We’re hoping that people will write to us about the actions they think might be productive.”
The task force isn’t only looking at what the ABA should do, but also at what law schools, universities, bar examiners and other actors might do. The task force has split into two subcommittees, one concentrating on the cost and economics of legal education, the other on the regulation and delivery of legal education.
The first subcommittee is seeking comments about the ways in which law school costs affect current and prospective students, faculty, universities, recent graduates, clients, the legal profession and society as a whole. The other subcommittee seeks comments regarding the goals law schools should adopt; student demographics; and how schools should be financed and accredited.