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Legal Education Task Force to meet at IU McKinney

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The American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education will examine how students are trained to be lawyers during a special meeting April 24 at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

The task force, chaired by retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, is charged with making recommendations to overcome the current challenges in legal education. Namely, it is examining how law schools, the ABA and other organizations can address such issues as rising tuition and student debt, decreased employment prospects and increased demands for curriculum changes.

Wednesday’s meeting will review possible recommendations the task force may include in its final report which is due to be released in the fall. In February, the task force held a public hearing, but tomorrow’s meeting will likely be the only one of this kind that the task force convenes.

The all-day session will include three panel discussions focusing on a variety of topics including finance, admissions and innovations.

Indiana faculty members participating in the event are Gary Roberts, dean of I.U. McKinney School of Law; Lauren Robel, Indiana University Provost and executive vice president; retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan; and William Henderson, professor of law at I.U. Maurer School of Law.



 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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