NYT Op-Ed Authors Ignore Bloat in Legal Education Matt Leichter , The Am Law Daily April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints Academics who criticize reforms that they say "skimp" on legal education should show how all the added legal educators have boosted lawyers' productivity. Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products American Lawyer digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 2 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions Bruce Apr 30, 2014 First off, the real cutting-edge developments in law don‘t get into law school classes. They take place in real time among those in legal practice. When the hot topics in communications law involved the emerging regulation of cable TV (1984-1994), law school communications courses were still teaching about broadcasting, a relative backwater, for example. I believe in the UK, post-secondary legal education is a track on begins at 18 or 19, not 23 in an integrated university program that culminates in a law degree in fewer years than the 7 required for the U.S. track. Like most law graduates -- even 36 years ago -- I felt that my 3rd year of law school had passed the point of diminishing returns. Given clients‘ reluctance to pay for the time of first year associates, a rational response would be to curtain law school to 2 years and then require every one to be a law clerk for a year or two. I think everyone would come out ahead in such an arrangement . . . except law faculty. Barry Apr 30, 2014 Adding on to the last part, the percentage of US GDP for legal services has been shrinking over the past few decades. During these decades, the size, scope and complexity of US society has been increasing. Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202652827575 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.