Law Schools: Courtroom Classrooms

More than 75% of U.S. law school graduates are unready for practice, says Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. They leave school without having confronted "one live man or woman who is immediately in need of legal advice." Most of them know too little about criminal law, to say nothing of trying a case. Yet every indigent U.S. felony defendant is now entitled to free counsel; the Government aims to furnish free legal advice in slums, and the whole country needs able young trial lawyers.

One answer is to get law students out of the...

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