ABA Task Force Debates Law School Reform

During a daylong conference hosted by the American Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of Education this week, law professors, practitioners, judges and bar association leaders struggled for agreement about what is driving the rising cost of legal education, and how schools and regulations should responds to the declining job prospects for new lawyers and flagging interest in law degrees. According to the National Law Journal, the task force hopes to release preliminary recommendations during the late summer or early fall, with a final report to follow in mid-November, said former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, its chairman. Members already have heard from several hundred people in public hearings and through written comments, he said.