About The Author:Susannah Pollvogt writes and teaches in the area of equal protection law. Her scholarship can be found here. She maintains a separate blog related to her scholarship here. In addition, she specializes in helping students maximize their performance in law school and on the bar exam with her site Succeed Law.
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Recently I was talking with some of my colleagues, discussing the need to empower students to make informed decisions about how to best pursue their legal education. And my colleagues expressed surprise at my belief that students need to be empowered. So I started to examine the basis for my assumption.
Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together: Student Loan Debt and the Debate Over the Value of Scholarship
Everyone knows that the level of debt imposed on law school graduates is unconscionable. (They might not use that exact term, but I will.) Everyone also knows that there has been considerable, sustained debate over the value of the scholarship produced by law faculties. (See related post at http://susannahpollvogt.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/law-schools-law-professors-scholarship-andversus-teaching/.)
We met on Monday to “workshop” my students’ final papers prior to them submitting their papers the following day. As usual, I had prepared a number of exercises for them to go through that would prompt a new perspective on their writing, and thus more effective self-critique and editing.
In my last post I wrote about a (perhaps intentionally) provocative article suggesting that there was an inherent tension between law professor’s efforts at producing a sufficient volume of scholarship to merit tenure and doing an adequate job of teaching law students to be lawyers. http://susannahpollvogt.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/law-schools-law-professors-scholarship-andversus-teaching/ In addition, the author of the article, Brent E. Newton, contended that the typical law professor is uniquely unqualified to teach law students to practice; rather, these professors are only qualified to produce reams of “impractical” scholarship.
One of my colleagues recently circulated for discussion an abstract of a forthcoming law review article that accuses—in no uncertain terms—the majority of legal academics of being out of touch with the reality of legal practice and inappropriately preoccupied with producing what the author terms “impractical” scholarship. See Brent E. Newton, Preaching What They Don’t Practice: Why Law Faculties’ Preoccupation with Impractical Scholarship and Devaluation of Practical Competencies Obstruct Reform in the Legal Academy, 62 S.C. L. Rev. ___ (Nov. 2010).
I recently re-connected with an old friend from law school. I mentioned to him my current work (trying to gain an understanding of the movement to humanize legal education), and how it was in large part inspired as an effort to heal my own experience of the disappointment and alienation I experienced in law school.
Thinking Like a Lawyer is a Legal Skill, Not a Life Skill – Review of “The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress,” Part 3
Today’s post finishes reviewing Professor Larry Krieger’s helpful booklet, “The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress.“ The booklet is available here.
Today I want to spend more time discussing the insights from Prof. Larry Krieger’s booklet, “The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress.“ It is an incredibly helpful resource in the battle to manage and reduce our overall levels of stress—primarily because it offers a different way of thinking about and analyzing the sources of stress in our education and career. For this reason, I would argue that it is a good resource for law students and practicing lawyers alike.