ERIC Number: ED200077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Law Schools and Professional Education: Report and Recommendations of the Special Committee for a Study of Legal Education of the American Bar Association.
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
A study of legal education and professionalism conducted by an American Bar Association committee is examined along with the historical background of legal education and reform attempts, financial resources for stability and reform, and recommendations of the committee. The study rationale is explained, and aspects of prelegal undergraduate education, legal education, and postgraduate professional education that are amenable to reform are addressed. The literature review on legal education and the legal profession focuses on empirical findings and their implications for reform. The literature review addresses the following issues: questions about choosing legal education and a legal career, questions about law school, the background characteristics of law teachers, questions about transition from law school to law practice, and the extent to which the legal profession is stratified and the consequences. The problem of financial resources is considered because it is an important prerequisite to implementation of the committee's recommendations. The recommendations are designed to provide guidance for those making policy decisions affecting legal education and the legal profession. The committee recommended that there be a study of existing law school programs that augment the core curriculum, and that the skills training recommendations of the Cramton Task Force be supported and implemented. A bibliography of American Bar Foundation studies and a statement on prelegal education of the Association of American Law Schools (1953) are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Faculty, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational History, Financial Support, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Law Schools, Lawyers, Legal Education, Position Papers, Professional Education, Social Action, Social Responsibility, Teacher Background, Undergraduate Study, Vocational Adjustment
American Bar Association, 1155 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (Single copies free; additional copies $1.00 each).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.