The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 23
Lawyers offered free LegaL aid at
airports across the country after President
Donald Trump banned visitors, refugees and
immigrants from seven countries to the U.S.
Joining those lawyers were law school students
in immigrant rights clinics, who also helped do
research and file legal challenges.
nal faculty at odds about their mission.
And what does it mean to be "practice
Much attention has been paid to
the trend of declining bar passage rates.
However, the bar exam tests knowledge,
not necessarily practice skills. But some
argue that if law students don't have a
core understanding of the law - and bar
results seem to show that's increasingly
the case - how can they possible be good
lawyers? Indeed, they could receive all the
practical training in the world and still
"In focusing on the bar exam, it's
important not to lose sight of legal educa-
tion's primary duty of ensuring that law
school prepares students for entry into the
legal profession and a successful career,"
Robert Kuehn of Washington University
School of Law wrote in a blog post. "If
studies of practicing lawyers and recent
law graduates matter, it is clear that law
schools are failing, even worse than in
preparation for bar admission, to adequately prepare their students for legal
There are also questions as to whom
should be getting lawyers ready to practice
law. Many countries require law school
graduates to complete yearlong apprenticeships before they are officially licensed.
In a 2015 study by LexisNexis, 95 percent of hiring partners and senior associates who supervise new attorneys said
recent graduates lack key practical skills at
Where in the World Are You Going?
The important thing is that you go!
TORONTO - MAY 17-JUNE 29, 2017
Toronto, Canada's largest and most culturally diverse city, is
dynamic, from its professional sports teams and museums to
its theatre and financial districts.
OXFORD - JULY 3-AUG 4, 2017 Oxford,
known as the city of dreaming spires
because of its unique and historic
churches and buildings, is near London
and home of the oldest university in the
STUDY DOWN UNDER JAN-APRIL
Leave the northern hemisphere and
winter behind and enjoy warm weather in
Australia and New Zealand. The semester
program begins in Hamilton, New Zealand
and finishes in Melbourne, Australia.
WMU-Cooley Law School's study abroad programs include
a variety of legal and social events, including visits by
prominent lawyers, tours of the courts and parliaments, and
dinners and gatherings.
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