Allowing practicing lawyers to drive educational reforms is what got us into this mess. If you feel the need to teach "skills," develop an externship program, which will expose students to real legal problems and forge relationships between your school and potential employers.That would shake things up. It steps on a lot of toes. But UC Irvine doesn't have toes yet.
September 26, 2007
"Do not create a legal writing program, moot court competitions, student-edited law reviews, clinics, or any other co-curricular offerings."
Gordon Smith offers some surprising advice for Erwin Chemerinsky on how to structure the new law school at UC Irvine. The idea is to stress classroom teaching: