OK - don't shoot me for the wording of the title of this post. We can all argue about what "better" means. I opened this thread in response to comments in a previous thread expressing concerns about what today's students are getting from their law school experience in light of the often poor job prospects and the demands of the profession that law schools turn out "practice ready" lawyers.
I know I'm not the first person to invite discussion on these issues, but my view is that the more voices in the debate, the better. While I understand the impulse of frustrated students and recent grads to criticize the system, what I'm hoping for in this thread is constructive criticism. What do you need from us? What can we do better? I take the point that students feel that some professors are out of touch and not sufficiently connected in the "real world" to help them find jobs or train them to be practice-ready. While scholarship is a requirement of our positions, I'm sure that even if I write the most impactful law review article on digital trademark issues ever penned, it's not going to help any of my students find a job.
Many law schools are adding more experiential faculty and courses, but this may be too late for last year's grads. And I understand that too. So if you want to engage in this discussion, think about things like:
1/ What can be done to help recent grads find jobs? Is it a question of networking? Additional skills training? Are there bar review/preparation issues? ie to what extent is bar passage getting in the way of employment?
2/ What should we be doing for current students that we're not doing, or not planning to do in the near future?
3/ What is the role of the profession in all of this? How much responsibility should law firms/practitioners take to train the next generation of lawyers?
And anything else you can think of.