Washington Law Review


Robert MacCrate


This law school symposium on the Twenty-First Century Lawyer reflects a fundamental shift in the focus of legal education within the academy—from law in the abstract toward the reality of law in the daily work of lawyers. While holding firm to their scholarly mission, law schools are giving increasing attention to the world of lawyer performance and the needs of their students to be prepared to participate effectively in the legal profession. The 1992 Report entitled Legal Education and Professional Development-An Educational Continuum, by a task force of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which I was privileged to chair, helped crystallize this change in focus and is the precipitating cause for this symposium. A glance at what has gone before can help place the discussion in context.

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