Are Law Schools Passing the Bar?
- When: November 16, 2012, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
- Where: William F. Starr Hall - William R. Davis Courtroom and Reading Room
Sponsored by the Connecticut Law Review
As Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story said, [a law student must] “at the very outset of his career, acquire a just conception of the dignity and importance of his vocation. Let him not debase it by a low and narrow estimate of its requisites or its duties. Let him consider it, not as a mere means of subsistence, an affair of petty traffic and barter, a little round of manoeuvres and contrivances to arrest some runaway contract, to disinter some buried relic of title, or to let loose some imprisoned wrong from the vengeance of the law...The profession has far higher aims and nobler purposes.”
In the 183 years since Justice Joseph Story gave this discourse at Harvard Law School, the role of lawyers in American society and their job market have changed dramatically. Have law schools evolved to fit the needs of the legal job market, and are our schools sufficiently preparing our students for their future careers? Should law schools reorganize their structures and curricula to better ensure the employability of their students?
Participants will address how to effectively prepare law students for the current job market, the constraints of the law school framework, and the future of American legal education.
|8:15 am||Breakfast and Meet-and-Greet with the Speakers|
|9:00 am||Opening Remarks|
|9:15 am||Panel 1: Delivering Competent Lawyers to Meet the Demands of Today's Legal Market|
|11:00 am||Panel 2: Rethinking the "Model" Law School - Disdain and Solutions for the Current Framework|
|12:30 pm||Luncheon and Keynote Address|
|William D. Henderson, Indiana University, Bloomington, Maurer School of Law|
|1:45 pm||Panel 3: Innovation in Legal Education - What Should the Future of Legal Education Look Like?|
Registration and refreshments are FREE to those who RSVP. (11/15/12, 9:00 am - the RSVP for this event is now closed)
General questions should be directed to Kaelah Smith or Sara Ray, symposium co-chairs..
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Jane Thierfeld Brown at (860) 570-5132 at least two weeks in advance.
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