Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
If the law is becoming more of a business, should law schools become more like business schools? At many top campuses, the question is no longer purely academic. Confronted with a changing legal profession, leading law schools are mulling whether they need to change themselves to prepare students better for the new realities of practice. “Law schools are increasingly aware that their graduates are not going to be going out and working at 30-lawyer firms where decisions are made in the hallways or collegially over lunch,” said John P. Heinz, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and co-author of an upcoming book about the changing profession. Many law schools, Heinz said, have responded to perceived changes in the marketplace and set a goal of training lawyers who understand the world of business better and can more easily put themselves in the shoes of clients. B-school approach To further that end, law schools are turning to business schools for inspiration. The team-based, case-study approach to instruction pioneered at business schools is now commonly found at law schools. Where law schools once based admissions solely on grades and test scores, some are now stealing another page from business schools and considering applicants’ work experience as well. But many law professors, while they say they welcome some changes, warn that wholesale adoption of business school practices risks producing less capable lawyers. “The larger part of business school curriculums is about learning skills,” said Jonathan Macey, a professor-designate at Yale Law School who has taught business school classes at Cornell University. “Learning the law is much more subtle.” Cross-pollination between law and business faculties is already taking place at many of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Last month, Harvard Law School launched a program on lawyers and the professional services industry, headed by Professor David Wilkins, a specialist in the legal profession. Wilkins said the program, which will sponsor research on both the profession itself and relevant issues in legal education, will benefit from the participation of faculty from Harvard Business School as well as lawyers in private practice. Law schools, said Wilkins, are already adopting “something more like the business school case method than the law school case method.”

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.