Major US law schools revamp curricula

November 12, 2007 Many law schools around the country have recently decided to change their academic curricula. Some have changed first-year requirements, added interdisciplinary electives or created more clinical programs. This is no small feat considering the fact that almost all American Bar Association-approved law schools previously had almost identical first-year curricula for first-year students. The idea was that a student's academic performance in the first year of any law school could properly be compared and evaluated against any other law school. Highly regarded law schools such as those of Harvard University, Stanford University and Columbia University have become pioneers in this revolution and have already made considerable changes to an otherwise established curriculum. Stanford will hold a conference in December to further discuss these changes. Ten schools will be represented.

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