Failing Law Schools

That is the title of a new book by Professor Brian Tamanaha of Washington University in St. Louis. He’s a law professor who sees that lawschool costs are far out of line with the value to students and have become a huge economic barrier. He discusses his book in this IHE interview.

Tamanaha indicts the “arms race” for prestige among schools as responsible for much of the huge increase in cost to earn a JD over the last 30 years. Students don’t learn their contracts, civil procedure, torts, and so on any better today, but they have to spend far more to take their courses. One could learn any legal topic quite well without ever stepping foot in a law school, but in most states you can’t take the bar exam without first graduating from an ABA accredited law school.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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