When Shakespeare’s character Dick the Butcher suggests killing all the lawyers, the Bard is not offering a prescription to improve society but rather is warning that anarchy will reign if there is not a vibrant legal profession protecting cultural, economic and political standards as enumerated by law. This inherent conservatism in the law, its practitioners and its teachers is at once a virtue and a vice. While providing structure for social institutions and their inevitable evolution, the law and its practitioners and teachers concomitantly serve to head off rapid transformation. Innovation, then, may not slip easily off the collective tongue of the legal profession. Yet, once every century, innovation is warranted, and legal educators now are rallying to the cause.
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