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March 27, 2007

The Carnegie Study: impressions and responses?


The Carnegie study's out, and I'm curious about your reactions to it: Does it capture the most important issues facing legal education today? Do you and your students agree with its conclusions and recommendations? What doesn't jibe?

More importantly, what happens next: What changes will come about as a result of this report? What can we, in our different roles, do to advance the parts of the study we feel are true and compelling?

- Gene Koo

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Gene: Let's start with some simplier questions:

1. How many law professors who are not deans will read this report?

2. How many law students will embrace and encourage the report's suggestions and will they be willing to "vote with their feet" as some law schools innovate?

3. Are blogs discussed anywhere in the full report?

Posted by: Doug B. | Mar 27, 2007 3:37:49 PM

Doug -- The thing I'm most disappointed about with respect to the Carnegie Report is the lack of planning for how to instigate real change. The MacCrate report at least came out of an institution with some leverage over schools, but Carnegie doesn't have that same power. At a minimum, I suspect the report will arm reformers with some ammunition, but the lack of a practical plan for change is bothersome.

At this very moment there is a conference of law school reformers happening under the sponsorship of the Center for Law & Renewal: http://www.lawrenewal.org/Programs.html. Am hoping to get a report from this meeting, as they are a potential ally for reform.

Posted by: Gene Koo | Mar 30, 2007 10:59:03 AM

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