August 20, 2013
Professor Ron Scalise, Tulane Law School’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, has written about the future of legal education in The Federal Lawyer, the magazine of the Federal Bar Association.
His article, “Legal Education in the 21st Century: Looking Backwards to the Future,” is part of a package looking at preparation of new lawyers for a changing profession.
Scalise writes that “a thorough legal education has always required a marriage between academic and practical skills. The historical balance has sometimes been uneasy and uneven – at times emphasizing practical skills at the expense of academic learning and at other times focusing on the theoretical aspect of law to the exclusion of skills training. Although glib news stories mock legal scholarship and suggest that its production is at the cost of practical training, neither the academic side nor the practical side can be ignored.”