“Despite the dearth of jobs for law grads, many people don’t obtain the legal services they need, Tamanaha says. The problem, he writes, is that providing legal services to underserved communities doesn’t pay enough to attract new lawyers graduating with huge amounts of student debt. Tamanaha blames higher law school costs on accreditation standards and law-school fudging on U.S. News rankings. To fix the problems, he endorses a more flexible system of legal education. . . He sees the need for research-oriented schools operating on the current model, as well as practice-oriented schools staffed by experienced lawyers.”
Debra Cassens Weiss, “Law Prof’s Upcoming Book Chronicles Oversupply of New Lawyers, Proposed Flexible Legal Ed System,” ABA Journal, February 22, 2010. Available at: www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_profs_upcoming_book_chronicles_oversupply_of_new_lawyers_proposes_flexi/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email (review of an book by Brian Tamanaha, “Failing Law Schools”).