ERIC Number: ED160502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
McKay, Robert B.
The monograph assesses the state of legal education as provided in law schools in the United States today. Positive aspects of legal education include technical proficiency, superb law faculties, good law students, and excellent facilities and libraries. The most striking negative aspect of legal education is its resistance to change. This resistance can be illustrated by the following examples: (1) rejection of efforts to infuse the study of law with information from the social sciences and humanities; (2) failure to utilize modern teaching methods such as problem solving, research seminars, clinical training, and simulation; (3) acquiescence to contemporary legal morality; (4) reinforcement of recruitment practices in law firms and law schools which discriminate against women and minority group members; and (5) failure to make major changes in the law school curriculum since 1870. The conclusion is that law schools should become more responsive to political and social morality. Recommendations for achieving this objective include preparing law students to become dispensers of justice and modernizing legal education so that it is responsive to contemporary social needs. (DB)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Justice, Law Schools, Legal Education, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Professional Education, Standards, State of the Art Reviews
Aspen Institute, 360 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, California ($1.50, paper cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, Palo Alto, CA. Program on Justice, Society and the Individual.