Just days before Richard Revesz announced his decision to step down from his post as dean of New York University School of Law, he rocked legal academia with his plans to change the third year of law school. . .

We were curious about the changes and asked Revesz how they came about.

There’s been a lot of brouhaha about NYT’s plans for innovating the third-year curriculum. Are these measures really that revolutionary?
I think they are significant, not revolutionary. The committee [that proposed the changes] has various members . . .who are also buyers of lawyers in the industry. Our goal was to figure out what the market is looking for.

What was the impetus behind the change? Was NYU alarmed by the bad employment statistics, where less than 50 percent of the graduates are getting jobs in Big Law?

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