In the legal academy, there has been dis­cus­sion about how to make training less costly and more rel­e­vant, with spe­cial emphasis on the last year of law school. A number of schools, including elite ones like Stan­ford, have increased their atten­tion to clinics, where stu­dents get hands-​​on training. North­eastern Law School in Boston, which has long empha­sized in-​​the-​​field training, has had one of the smallest decreases in its appli­cant pool this year, according to Jeremy R. Paul, the new dean.


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