The Chief’s Corner
Nancy E. Rice, J.
If you were to design a law school today, without any restrictions, what would it look like? How would you ensure that the students were truly prepared to practice law when they graduate? Should a law school teach subjects like client interaction, business management, billing and professionalism? Or. is preparing students to practice not the proper role of a law school? Maybe law schools should only focus only on whether the falling scale in Palsgraf was foreseeable! I was curious to hear what leaders in our profession thought about this subject, so I asked.
became the Chief Justice, I took over the Chiefs Commission
on the Legal Profession from former Chief Justice Bender. The
Commission is a collection of talented leaders who work to
make our profession better. The collective brainpower and
dedication of this group is truly incredible. At a previous
Chiefs Commission meeting, Alli Gerkman, director of the
Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Initiative at the Institute
for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS),
presented preliminary results from IAALS 's Foundations
for Practice survey.
Given the survey results, I wanted to challenge the Chiefs Commission to come up with a model for a new law school. At the last Chiefs Commission meeting, we separated into small groups and had an hour to design a new law school. The groups were instructed that there...