Why Don’t Law Schools Prepare Their Students Better?

by George Leef

This year, law schools have come under sustained fire, and in this Chronicle Brainstorm blog post, Michele Goodwin discusses the growing realization that many law-school grads are quite poorly prepared for their profession.

Why? One reason, it seems to me, is that deans are fixated mainly on those darned rankings, which don’t take into account anything so subjective as whether graduates can do the kinds of work that law offices need done. If grads don’t even know how to write a business letter, Goodwin points out, that won’t hurt the school; nor would it help the school to institute a remedial writing program to teach law students things that high schools used to teach their freshmen.