ERIC Number: ED540242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1930
Reference Count: 0
Legal Education, 1925-1928. Bulletin, 1929, No. 31
Reed, Alfred Z.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
In the last discussion of legal education that was published by the bureau, covering the period 1909-1925, four different aspects of the topic were distinguished. These were, first, the organization of the legal profession considered as an influence in the formulation and enforcement of proper standards by the law schools and by the bar admission authorities; second, the divergent aims, and methods of different groups or factions of law schools, third, the varying requirements established by the bar admission authorities of 48 states and of the District of Columbia; and fourth--as a result of all the preceding and of still other factors--the extraordinary diversity among the schools as respects the value of their law degrees, when measured by the amount of time which students devote to their studies. It was shown that while the standardizing activities of the medical profession were rapidly killing off substandard medical schools, similar efforts by the legal profession had no apparent effect in reducing the number of law schools and served merely to make these schools more and more unlike one another. It was suggested that it might some day be advisable to reconsider the present orthodox program of reform on the basis of experience and a broad view of the many educational and political factors involved. It is as important to recognize the points of essential dissimilarity as it is the points of resemblance between the problems of medical and of legal education. In the present survey the developments of the past three years are discussed in the same order as the preceding period. The following are contained in this bulletin: (1) Organization of the legal profession; (2) Aims and methods of law schools; (3) Bar admission requirements; and (4) Progress in law school requirements. (Contains 4 tables and 26 footnotes.) [Best copy available is provided.]
Descriptors: Lawyers, Legal Education (Professions), Medical Schools, Law Schools, Standards, Institutional Characteristics, Surveys, Educational Objectives, Admission Criteria, Graduation
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)