As well-intentioned as they seem, there seems to be a lot of collective delusion going on in these conversations.
So here's a list of accepted truths about legal education in universities that I think are false.
- Only lawyers need an education in law.
- Lawyers only need an education in law.
- A structure designed 1000 years ago or more is still the best way to educate people on the law.
- It makes sense to front-load theoretical learning and back-load practical learning.
- It is the exclusive responsibility of the employer to do practical training.
- It is the exclusive responsibility of the university to provide theoretical learning.
- Universities teach students to think like lawyers, rather than just teaching them to speak like lawyers.
- Lawyers think in a distinct way.
- Research and teaching are positively correlated skill sets.
- Research or teaching is positively correlated with skill in administration of a post secondary faculty.