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Changing Objectives in Legal Education, 40 Yale Law Journal 576 (1931)


IT may be said without much question that there is more activity
in the law school world today than there has been at any time
within the last generation or two. Things are in a state of flux
-the culmination of a long period of suggestion and countersuggestion
with little change. The addition of new courses to
the curriculum, the general re-arrangement of existing courses
to admit various types of non-legal materials, new approaches in
legal thought, new ideas concerning teaching methods, the advent
of fact research, and a dawning awareness of the existence
of other social sciences than law, all testify to a rapidly changing
world. But while there is thus much acceleration and some
motion, it is safe to say also that there is far less idea of direction
than apparently existed during the last sixty years. The old
law school objectives have to some extent been swept aside and
new ones have not yet been adequately formulated. It is here
proposed to examine the older order briefly in the light of recent
developments and to attempt a statement of possible present objectives
in terms of concrete curricular re-adjustment.

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legal education, curriculum