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"Legal education plays an important role in socializing the next generation of lawyers, judges, and public policymakers. As gatekeepers to the profession, law schools have a unique opportunity and obligation to make access to justice a more central social priority."
Deborah Rhode has provided a compelling critique of law schools for their failure to embrace a justice mission and inculcate in students the professional value of providing pro bono service to the poor. Her analysis assumes the basic belief that we as a society must strive to make legal assistance available to the poor in both criminal and civil cases, and that law schools have been complicit in the pervasive denial to the poor of access to justice.
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