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Future of Legal Education

April 5, 2013

The State and Future of Legal Education

Sponsored by the McGeorge Law Review at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. 

About the Symposium

Legal education is under the spotlight in terms of the services and value they provide their students. While the number of applications for law school has steadily increased since over the past decade, employment numbers for recent law school graduates have declined.

This symposium provided an assessment of how legal pedagogy can best prepare students for the emerging legal services market. In addition, the symposium addressed what must law schools do to provide real value to their students, who face a very uncertain future in a changing legal market and economy.

Program

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Panel 1: What is the Purpose of Legal Education?

10:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Panel 2: How are we teaching students to think, act and become lawyers?

  • Professor John Osborn Jr., University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Professor Ruth Jones, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Professor Gerry Hess, Gonzaga University School of Law

1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Lunch Presentation

1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Panel 3: The Value of Legal Education in the Face of High Costs

Moderators

  • Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, Director of the Inter-American Program, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Clark Kelso, Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Larry Levine, Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law