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Legal education is taking on new meaning. Law schools are
entering upon a new development. The classical American law
school, represented by three or four well known schools after which
all the better schools are patterned, has clung rather tenaciously to a
twin-function program of training technically fit young lawyers and
promoting scholarly legal research. That it has succeeded in both
undertakings is attested sufficiently by the present leadership at the
bar and by the fact that the law books which have commanded the
greatest respect and influenced the development of the law most profoundly,
with rare exceptions, have been the products of law
teachers. Nor will either of these functions receive less emphasis
in any revised program of legal education. Rather, will they be tremendously
accentuated. The bar is insistently calling for a better
trained graduate. Whatever the cost, it wants a man who has the
capacity to turn out work from the moment he steps into the office.
Moreover, the general standard of living demands that a young man
be able to earn a decent income from the moment he enters the practice.
The five year starvation period of grace has been cut down to
a few months at the most. The profession is even demanding that
the school take over that most difficult of teaching tasks, the instruction
of the young lawyer in both the theory and -routine of procedure.
The office is no longer willing to overlook the initiate's lack
of precision in this particular nor to afford the instruction itself
without grumbling. The school has so improved its product from
time to time that it has no alternative other than continue to offer a better and better graduate.
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legal education, law professors