Bill Henderson at Indiana University does very good innovative empirical studies [e.g. his identification of the bi-modal distribution of young lawyers's salaries - basically $150k jobs and $60k jobs and little in between]. People like me in People's Electric and Paul Tractenberg celebrate the exemplary merits of clinical legal education. But Henderson is a numbers guy. Now he has turned his attention to Northeastern Law School whose work-study model provides forty five years of experience to assess. Of course - as he notes - there is a lot of self-selection which leads to government, non-profits, etc. He is announcing in this essay how he going to go about the assessment. I look forward to seeing what it yields. - GWC
(Historical note - I was admitted to BU, BC, and Berkeley - turned down at Harvard - and gave not a moment's thought to ranking in my decision to follow the pied piper Arthur Kinoy to Rutgers to work on the Chicago 8 case. But I doubt I'd have turned down the Crimson. - gwc)
If Legal Education Were More Experiential, Would It Really Matter? | William Henderson - JDSupra: "I think the answer is yes. But, unfortunately, in virtually all of the debate surrounding legal education, there is a tremendous lack of clarity and precision about how we assess improvements in quality. And equally relevant, if a gain is real, was it worth the cost? The purpose of this essay is to chip away at this serious conceptual gap. Until this gap is filled, experiential education will fall significantly short of its potential."
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