As calls for reform of legal edu­ca­tion con­tinue to sug­gest a variety of direc­tions, one thing is cer­tain. Law schools will be expected to do more with less. We often hear legal edu­ca­tors high­light ten­sions within the loud crit­i­cisms aimed at today’s law schools. Critics tell us that costs are too high com­pared to the expected earn­ings of many law school grad­u­ates. They are. Critics also say that law schools are insuf­fi­ciently sen­si­tive to the real­i­ties of con­tem­po­rary law prac­tice in which lawyers must be fast as well as smart, client-​​centered as well as thor­ough, and business-​​savvy as well as legally sophis­ti­cated. How, our col­leagues often wonder, are law schools sup­posed to pro­vide addi­tional pro­fes­sional instruc­tion while simul­ta­ne­ously slowing tuition increases? We don’t pre­tend to have all the answers, but we are sure of one thing. Only those law schools that tackle this chal­lenge directly are likely to thrive.

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