The American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education issued a 38 page draft report last Friday. It called for:
1. Rethinking the current pricing scheme at many law schools which relies heavily on merit-based scholarships.
2. Encouraging more varied approaches to legal education and law school structure through liberalization of accreditation rules.
3. Pushing for more skills and competency based approaches to legal education
4. Allowing more legal services to be delivered by non-lawyers.
Read the report to see details. Of course, the devil is in those details, as well as various constituencies who will likely oppose one or another aspect of them. And then there is U.S. News and law school market reality. But the public, the profession, and legal education, will benefit if the report prods serious discussion and debate.