Leave it to NYU Law's Stephen Gillers to ask them, at Legal Ethics Forum:
- Who accredits or approves the degree? The ABA? Will it wish to do so? What role will state courts play?
- What should the requirements be other than two years? Should there be course requirements beyond what are now the limited requirements in the standards for the three year J.D.?
- Should it be called a J.D. or an LL.B.?
- Should a two year graduate's license qualify her to do all of the same work as the license for a three year graduate?
- Should there be post-graduate experiential requirements for a two year graduate before she is fully licensed? What should they be? If a requirement is some sort of law office clerkship, how can we be confident that those positions will be available and that graduates will not be exploited?
- Should the requirements in the standards for operation of three year law schools (faculty, library, tenure/job security, etc.) be different if some enterprising schools (even colleges and universityies with no current law school? Amherst? Princeton? Oberlin? Reed?) now start a two year law school? Taught predominantly by adjuncts, perhaps, and at half the current tuition scale or less? Or maybe a five year combined B.A. and law degree.
- Is there yet some small number of lawyerly tasks for which two years are simply not enough, as a categorical matter?
These are the sorts of questions that signal that an idea is starting to be taken seriously. As is, of course, a statement from the President of the United States that it's time.