ABA fields proposals for change in legal education

February 14, 2013 Commentators have criticized the legal education industry for offering expensive legal training in a hopelessly depressed job market. They argue that educational institutions seem to be the last to catch on to significant structural changes in the industry, to the detriment of the students who fail to see the cookie crumbling.

The American Bar Association, in its role as the accrediting authority for law schools, has also taken its share of criticism. And finally it appears that they are taking meaningful action in response, with the Task Force on the Future of Legal Education seeking feedback on a series of recommendations.

Some of the recommendations mooted in a forum of lawyers and students included reducing law school from three to two years, allowing college juniors to go directly to law school, simplifying the bar exam, relaxing accreditation standards, and the establishment of training for the legal equivalent of nurse practitioners.

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