Washington Law Review


To answer the question posed by the conveners of this symposium, of course there is a gap between legal education and the legal profession. There has always been one, and quite possibly it has widened somewhat in recent years, if for no other reason than that the world in which lawyers practice has changed so much while legal education has changed relatively little. The external changes include the internationalization of legal transactions, the centrality of technology to many aspects of practice, increased specialization driven by the proliferation and complexity of statutory and regulatory schemes, and the overloading of traditional systems of civil and criminal justice. Perhaps more significant than any of these is the unhappy fact that today's law school graduates will enter a society that views them with hostility and suspicion and regards their impact on our national culture and economy as often more negative than positive

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