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Shaking up the Academy

By Leo Singer March 10, 2016 10 March 2016

Shaking up the Academy

Canadian law schools are suffering from an existential crisis.

The prospective lawyers emerging from their hallowed halls are unprepared for a profession in flux, critics argue.  It’s a new world out there: Billable hours and traditional large firms are giving way to new business structures, law is becoming increasingly globalized, and entrepreneurs are creating new ways to deliver cost-effective and flexible legal services.

Meanwhile, law schools are struggling to reconcile the contradictions and tensions inherent in a cobbled-together educational mandate. They find it increasingly tough to defend high tuition fees and higher expectations. And they remain mired in a debate about the true mission of a legal education, and its role in society.

That debate isn’t new. In 1949, Dean Cecil Wright broke with Osgoode Hall Law School after the Law Society of Upper Canada insisted upon a practical course on lawyering. (Wright, who believed legal education should be intellectually rigorous and focus on legal principles, left and went on to found the Faculty of Law at University of Toronto with three colleagues.) But the need to re-evaluate legal education has acquired a sense of urgency in today’s rapidly changing legal marketplace.

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By Leo Singer April 23, 2015 23 April 2015

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Follow the money

By Leo Singer October 22, 2014 22 October 2014

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By Leo Singer November 16, 2012 16 November 2012

The sharing economy

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Unwarranted access?

By Leo Singer September 11, 2012 11 September 2012

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