Law students have been saying for years that America’s legal education is broken. Graduates from even the best law schools are failing to find jobs. And those that do often find themselves stuck. The average student takes out more than $100,000 for law school, which is why many feel they cannot afford to leave the profession; governments and NGOs cannot pay them enough.
Members of a group that benefits from the current system—the professors—have started to speak up. Paul Campos of the University of Colorado writes a blog called “Inside the Law School Scam”. Brian Tamanaha of Washington University has published a book called “Failing Law Schools”. And on January 18th the law school of New York University (NYU) held a discussion on a reform that would jolt the system: cutting legal education by a year.
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