You can't go anywhere in San Francisco this week without running into lawyers talking about the future of legal education, specifically, how to cut costs and how to make law grads "practice ready." The ABA's Task Force on the Future of Legal Education released a working paper last month, and yesterday heard comment from both critics and fans at a formal hearing. Kent Syverud, University of Michigan Law School grad, now dean of Washington University Law School, may have had the most upbeat but controversial take on the subject. According to this report by the ABA Journal, Dean Syverud said that the future of legal education is bright, but:
The painful truth is that the problem with costs is that law professors and deans are paid too much relative to the amount of work they do. The whole problem of costs would go away tomorrow if our salaries were halved.
I mostly remember feeling that way when law school grades were posted.
Here's the WSJ Law Blog take on the story.