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Maybe it’s time to rethink the scope of law school. Perhaps today’s schools should pay more attention to the way law is actually practiced. Possibly, future lawyers should spend more time on their writing skills. Some even say that law school is two years too long. And does accreditation matter? It does to UDC’s law school — the dean describes the long journey.
• Accreditation Primer It took years of hard work, an all-night drive, and thousands of pages of documents, but now the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law has achieved full American Bar Association accreditation. • Complex World American University Washington College of Law is hoping to change American legal education with using an “integrated curriculum” to help first-year students understand how all areas of law connect. • A Practical Manifesto While radical changes aren’t needed in a law curriculum that has worked for a long time, legal education must be brought into closer alignment with the need of law students to hit the ground running when they begin to practice law. • Legal Aid for Animals Working to require spaying and neutering is just one element of “animal law,” a legal specialty that is starting to attract the attention of law schools across the country. • Make It All Optional Students should be offered a choice. Those who want three years of law school — or four or five — should be able to get it. But those who have achieved what they want in one or two years should be able to enter the profession immediately. • Teach the Write Stuff Area law schools are improving their legal writing programs as demands for improved writing come from clients, students, and law firms. • Beyond the First Year Law school is not the same for everyone. Many factors are in play, including a law school’s curriculum, the demands of family and outside activities, the moment when one secures permanent employment, and so on. One new law school graduate examines whether the second and third year of law school are really important.

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