Interesting article in today’s New York Times, What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering, describing what’s wrong with law school methodology and how law students graduate lacking the ability to do even basic legal practice. Law firms are now taking upon themselves to teach their first year associates how to practice law. Some are even foregoing having their new associates bill clients and some clients are refusing to pay for first and second year associates’ work.
The biggest issues appear to be that law students are paying for a lot of legal scholarship from their professors that goes unread and that law schools have a bias against hiring experienced practitioners to teach their students. I know that none of the 400 blogs, 45 lectures or 20 published pieces (not to mention the dozens of appeals I’ve researched, drafted and argued) would convince any law school that I am a scholar of the law. Evidently, publishing a work “Why Nonexistent People Do Not Have Zero Well-Being but Rather No Well-Being” would qualify me as a legal scholar. So tempting.