Peer to Peer Magazine

June 2011

The quarterly publication of the International Legal Technology Association

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Law Schools Barbara Gontrum of the University of Maryland School of Law describes the changes in legal education. The New Rules for lineup of courses — torts, criminal law, contracts, property, constitutional law and civil procedure. Learning to “think like a lawyer” is still an articulated goal. However, law schools recognize that successful lawyers must also be able to collaborate, negotiate, resolve legal issues in an ethical fashion and exhibit leadership skills in many different settings. As the year 2020 is nipping at our heels, curricular changes are taking place and, perhaps most important, extensive conversations about the need for change are occurring within the various professional organizations associated with legal education. While law school clinics have been in existence since the 1970s, schools are making efforts to increase the number of opportunities for students to work with clients, in either internships or faculty-supervised clinics. Additionally, law schools with business-law tracks are developing new transactional clinics. T Peer to Peer the quarterly magazine of ILTA 85 he structure of legal education has remained much the same since the late 1800s. In many classes, law students still respond to Socratic questioning by faculty, and most first-year students take the same

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