Thursday, January 14, 2010
Critical Thinking vs. Practical Training in Law School
Professor Deven Desai of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law has an excellent post at Concurring Opinions blog on current debates about the nature of law school training, specifically whether it is practical enough. He points out (among other things) that while law schools are being criticized for insufficient practical training, business schools are being criticized for precisely the opposite flaw: focusing too much on practical skills and not enough on the kind of critical thinking that business people increasingly need to function in fast-changing and varied marketplaces. Presumably, both law school and business school models can be improved. But Desai provides a welcome reminder that, even if we don't have it completely right, neither do we have it completely wrong.