Education: This Side of Chaos

U.S. legal education has come a long way since the days when Patrick Henry could hang out his shingle in Hanover, Va. after only six weeks of studying law. But has it come far enough? Are law schools really doing their job? Last week, in a special report sponsored by the American Bar Association (Legal Education in the United States] Bancroft-Whitney; $3.50), Dean Albert J. Harno of the University of Illinois law school answered no: legal education is suffering from the same symptoms of constriction and indigestion as is U.S. education in general.

The trouble, says Harno, is that the profession has...

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