McGeorge School of Law

The State and Future of Legal Education by the McGeorge Law Review

Sponsored by the McGeorge Law Review at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

About the Symposium

Legal education is under the spotlight in terms of the services and value they provide their students. While the number of applications for law school has steadily increased since over the past decade, employment numbers for recent law school graduates have declined.

This symposium provided an assessment of how legal pedagogy can best prepare students for the emerging legal services market. In addition, the symposium addressed what must law schools do to provide real value to their students, who face a very uncertain future in a changing legal market and economy.


April 5, 2013


9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Panel 1: What is the Purpose of Legal Education?

  • Professor Katherine Kruse, Hamline University School of Law
  • Dean Kent Syverud, Washington University School of Law

10:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Panel 2: How are we teaching students to think, act and become lawyers?

  • Professor John Osborn Jr., University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Professor Ruth Jones, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Professor Gerry Hess, Gonzaga University School of Law

1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Lunch Presentation

  • Professor Michael Olivas, University of Houston School of Law

1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Panel 3: The Value of Legal Education in the Face of High Costs

  • Richard Matasar, New York University, Vice President for University Enterprise Initiatives & Professor of Management
  • Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, Director of the Inter-American Program, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Clark Kelso, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Larry Levine, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific



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