... How did we get into this mess? And how do we get out?...Tamanaha has a book: "Failing Law Schools."
First, consider the loan system....
Then there’s the problem of the American Bar Association-imposed accreditation standards.... [B]y imposing a “one size fits all” template, these standards ensure that there is little differentiation among law schools — no lower-cost options and no range of choices comparable to what exists at the undergraduate level among community colleges, teaching colleges and research universities.
One solution to this problem is to strip away the accreditation requirements that mandate expenditures to support faculty scholarship — for example, deleting the requirement that the bulk of professors be in tenure-track positions, removing limits on teaching loads, not requiring paid research leaves for professors, not requiring substantial library collections and so forth.... Law students would then be able to choose the type of legal education they desired and could afford.
June 1, 2012
"The problem is that the cost of a law degree is now vastly out of proportion to the economic opportunities obtained by the majority of graduates."
Writes lawprof Brian Z. Tamanaha, in a NYT op-ed: