ERIC Number: ED327085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Law and the Information Society: Observations, Thoughts and Conclusions about Legal Education, Law Practice and the New England Economy.
New England Board of Higher Education, Boston, MA.
The Information Society places new demands on the training of lawyers and the American civil justice system and tests the legal profession's capacity to adapt to change. This report investigates those demands and suggests ways to facilitate the necessary adaptation. It outlines a cohesive vision of legal education which begins with a recommended pre-law curriculum; proceeds to the acquisition of doctrinal knowledge, analytical abilities, and research skills during law school; includes compulsory post-graduate training in practical skills in conjunction with undertaking private practice; and concludes with the mandatory continuation of legal education for all active bar members. In addition, the report focuses upon the following major issues in the administration of civil justice: accelerating dispute resolution and lowering its cost; engendering a commitment to pro bono service; enhancing professional competence; and allaying public distrust. The report begins with an overview of the legal profession in New England, including the role of lawyers, profiles of law schools, and technology and the law. Next, critical issues involving the education and training of lawyers are discussed. Finally, critical issues involving legal administration of civil justice are examined, including legal fees, alternatives to litigation, lawyer-referral services, and small-claims reform. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law School Admissions Council, Newtown, PA.; Charles E. Culpepper Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New England Board of Higher Education, Boston, MA.