Recently in the news, Obama voiced his position to reduce the required classroom instruction for law students from 3 years to a 2 year law school program. Obama addressed a meeting at the Binghamton University in New York in regards to affordable education. The law school admission council and law schools nationwide have seen a sharp decline in the number of applicants taking the LSAT and applying to law schools. The rising cost of tuition, interest rates, and economy have all contributed to increased financial burdens for the legal community.
President Obama addressed the issue of law school education and said, “I believe that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years.”
Interestingly, if accepted by the ABA and law schools many law students would not find this difficult to accomplish. Already law schools are pushing for students to take part in externships, clinics, etc. By cutting a year of legal education, law students would be able to focus on completing bar and school required courses throughout the first two years of law school, and be able to enter the legal profession and gain real practical experience.
However, only time will tell if law schools and the ABA will move in this direction to establish 2 year law school programs.
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