November 11, 2010

THOUGHTS ON WHY THE LEGAL JOB MARKET IS CHANGING. Not exactly higher education bubble stuff, but related. “Obviously, beyond intelligence as applied to legal doctrine, many of the attributes needed for success in the “new normal” legal economy are not attributes emphasized in law school. Virtually all law professors were vetted based on a world where academic credentials really mattered. As a group, law professors are ill-equipped for the changes that are occurring. In reality, national law schools owe their place in the law school hierarchy to the allegiances of legal employers. When employers start looking elsewhere for recruits, a new hierarchy will emerge — one based on educational quality, as perceived by employers, and connection to the profession. That day is not too far off.”

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