Dear Readers -
I have recently been invited to serve as the Chair of the National Council of Advisors for Law School Transparency (LST), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. My first task is to help identify others who may wish to further the mission of LST by serving with me on the Council. Many readers of this site are undoubtedly already generally familiar with LST, which has become a major force in for developing legal education policy ideas, shaping the national debate of these ideas, and challenging law schools, state bar associations, and the American Bar Association to change business as usual. LST’s most recent report, 2015 State of Legal Education, has already generated significant debate about the current widespread practice of admitting large numbers of students with poor prospects of completing law school and passing the bar, with articles in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Slate, Inside Higher Ed, The Atlantic, ABA Journal, Bloomberg, and, of course, The Faculty Lounge, among others.
LST's mission is "to make entry to the legal profession more transparent, affordable, and fair." This mission rests on three pillars:
- Reform: Build a better society and profession by improving the accessibility and affordability of legal education.
- Information: Enable more informed decisions by prospective law students about whether or where to attend law school and by policymakers for how to regulate law schools.
- Accountability: Hold law schools and the ABA accountable for actions that concern the public, the profession, law students, and prospective students.
(Read more about LST’s theory of action here.)
If you support these worthy goals, please consider joining me on the Council. I would like to create a group of advisors that is broadly inclusive, to include law professors, law school administrators, admissions professionals, consumer advocates, bar officials, members of the bar, and others interested in furthering the goals of the organization. I believe this would be an excellent way for faculty members to fulfill their obligation of service to the profession, without being an overly time-consuming commitment.
Interested individuals should contact me by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a very brief statement (a paragraph or two is fine) about you and why you’re interested in serving. If you would like further details, please contact me with any questions. I also welcome nominations of individuals who may be interested. Please feel free to repost this information on other relevant websites or otherwise disseminate. Thank you for considering this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you!