I have written a book called The Vanishing American Lawyer. My premise is not that too few people have a legal education. I say, instead, that what people now do with legal training is changing rapidly and likely will continue to become more diverse. That leaves me suggesting that there is little left to the general concept of being a lawyer. Yet people still talk about lawyers, and the question of what it means to be a lawyer is especially timely in light of current American Bar Association efforts to revise the standards by which American law schools are accredited. That ABA project, in turn, must necessarily begin—at least implicitly—with the question of what kind of people law schools are charged with producing. That is the question I hope to address in this article; and my answer will be that the products of today’s and tomorrow’s legal education will need to be different than those that professors have trained up to now.
Morgan, Thomas D.
"The Changing Face of Legal Education: Its Impact on What It Means to Be a Lawyer,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 45
, Article 2.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol45/iss4/2