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Dr.Mathias Alfred Jaren

Crisis? Law Schools and the Bar, -Self Serving Pandemoniums, Organized Anarchies, or Standing Insurrections? The battle cry is “ Remember Litchfield Law School”. No entrance requirement, graduating 101 U.S Representatives, 28 Senators, 15 Governors, and three U.S. Sup Court Chief Justices. Few even know about Litchfield.
Can a “ Crisis” last so long no one knows one exists? Didn’t Langdell actually create the “ Socratic” case method because he was near to being blind and required the students to read the cases? Wasn’t Socrates put to death for such stuff? Didn’t the ABA “ First” Committee in about 1902 “stack” the AALS formative committee on legal education with law practitioners to ensure they all got a chance to handle the new meat graduating from emerging law schools? Aren’t associates billed out for $ 225 per hour and paid $40 for five years? Don’t many County Courts require mandatory arbitration for all civil cases? Now, 33% of all ABA “ Approved” law school graduates cannot pass a bar exam with a JD in hand. Today, there exists a billion dollar industry in bar exam prep classes. Known is that one must engage in a catechism of bar memorization and elliptical trick arts to get a license, and further that their own law school didn’t teach these skills and abilities. Cost of that rip off? One cant imagine the Catholic Church denying 33% of all the individuals who passed their catechism classes.
Many State Bar Associations total control of entry to the profession in each State. The Supreme Courts defer to them for screening of new lawyers. These folks buy national examination materials prepared by people they never see or have known, and religiously rely on the exam materials to deny entry and search for individuals who have not paid for and completed their “ catechism” in the post law school bar prep empire. Here we don’t even begin to consider the absurd “Star Chamber” State Character and Fitness Committees and the litany of confusion, subjectivity and “secret” decision making in which they are engaged.
Is there is crisis? Yes, in fact it has become an institution, lasted over 100 years, trashed much of the third branch of U.S. Government and our democracy, and left our people in City parks to be smashed on their heads for asking to be part of the American Experience.
Yet go to a County Courthouse, and listen many an ABA grad with a bar license present a case, and you can see the result.


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  • Rising tuition. Misleading employment statistics. Inadequate skills training. Law schools have faced plenty of criticism for their role in the struggles of young lawyers today. The National Law Journal has assembled a panel of legal educators and law graduates to discuss whether law schools are facing a crisis, and how they should respond to their mounting problems.

Law School Review Contributors

  • Brian Tamanaha
    A professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law who writes about law schools on the blog Balkinization
  • Erwin Chemerinsky
    Founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • John F. O’Brien
    Dean of the New England Law, Boston and chairman of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Kyle McEntee
    A 2011 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and the executive director of Law School Transparency, a nonprofit group advocating for legal education reform
  • Lucille Jewel
    Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School who has written about the problems faced by recent law school graduates
  • Michael A. Olivas
    A professor at the University of Houston Law Center and the current president of the Association of American Law Schools
  • William Henderson
    Professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington who studies the legal profession

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