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Three Responsibilities of Legal Education: Time for Clarification

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Title: Three Responsibilities of Legal Education: Time for Clarification
Author: Stevens, George Neff
Abstract: There was a day when the mission of the law school was clear. Its purpose was to prepare its students for entry into the practice of law; and law school education was greeted enthusiastically as a welcome substitute for the apprentice system. Today, the mission of legal education is conceded to be much broader; but, this much admitted, agreement as to what the mission now is, let alone how the mission is to be accomplished, is hard to find. What are we doing and why are we doing it? Law schools as a group serve at least three responsibilities to society today as a result of their varied educational activities. First is the curriculum leading to the first degree in law; the second covers graduate and continuing legal education programs; and the third is the law schools’ fulfillment of their research responsibility, individual and institutional. Professor Stevens proposes a new curriculum for law students, one that helps to fulfill these three responsibilities.
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Date: 1970

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