A buzz-phrase of the ongoing debate about the effectiveness and future of U.S. legal education is "practice-ready" graduates. John Steele at Legal Ethics Forum reminds us of Justice Ginsburg's dissent in Connick v. Thompson, the case that held that a district attorney's office is not liable under Section 1983 for failing to train
its prosecutors based on a single Brady violation. Ginsburg criticized the majority for assuming that law students learn all they need to know about criminal procedure and the Brady doctrine to be constitutionally-compliant prosecutors. Steele flags "Prosecutorial Training Wheels: Ginsburg's Connick v. Thompson Dissent and the Training Imperative," a study by Northwestern law grad (and Hope College alum) Timothy Fry, who finds that only a quarter of schools make criminal
procedure a graduation requirement and that most criminal procedure
textbooks provide only cursory treatment of the Brady doctrine.