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Ann Althouse on the Degradation of Law School

University of Wisconsin law prof Ann Althouse notes here that law schools are becoming more and more about things other than teaching basic skills and fields of the law. That sounds very much like the argument Suffolk University law prof Charles Rounds made in this Pope Center piece, saying that law school is becoming largely about “bad sociology.”

As I have often argued, there is a Gordian Knotcutting solution: Allow people to take the bar exam no matter where or how long they studied. Law schools are a protected cartel. They can afford all sorts of indulgences that firms in a competitive market would not waste resources on.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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