Imagine if you will two horse traders during early 1900s saying, ‘You know, we’re not selling as many horses as we used to because there are just too many horse traders.’ This discussion takes place on a busy street where where crowds of people are awed and enthused as they see four or five of those new-fangled contraptions called the automobile weaving in and out between the horse and buggies and pedestrians. The conversation continues, ‘now if we can just shut down those horse dealers who are already in trouble, make it a little harder for them to succeed, regulate them right out of business, we can corner the horse market for ourselves.’ So, let’s talk horses in this post….
Many people talk about Access to Justice (A2J), the big legal movement of the 21st century. But the biggest hurdle to A2J is the delivery of the legal education itself. The organization who controls what constitutes a valid education to gain a license to practice law is the American Bar Association (ABA). They determine accreditation. And as we all know, in order to sit for the bar exam you have to have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school (with the exception of California, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming).
Yes, it’s true. The ABA is the greatest hurdle to providing access to justice for the millions in this country who need affordable legal services. Let me tell you why.
Yes, law schools are now marrying the JD with technology and engineering. I’m even honored to be part of the Advisory board for Suffolk University School of Law’s new Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation. And law schools should be teaching technology. I’ve even gone as far as suggesting they should also be teaching […]
A couple of weeks ago the PrawfsBlawg posted an article stating it is a false binary to claim academics who have not practiced cannot teach lawyers about law. This was in response to the pounding law schools are taking about not providing practical training and that academics are not up to the task of teaching lawyers how to […]
(Warning: long post and lots of informative links so read when you have the time.) My 9 year old was sitting in front of the computer doing his advanced math from a program his school has licensed when all of a sudden he blurts out, ‘Imagine if (E) and (R) and I could all go […]
Solo Practice University’s Bridges Program is just a little over two years old with several schools already participating and more preparing to provide this great opportunity to their students. And the stories of students reaping the rewards from their Bridges scholarships to Solo Practice University are starting to be told. Here is the story of a Bridges SPU Scholarship recipient from University of Arkansas […]
California and Arkansas Schools Join New York School Helping Students and Alumni Prepare for Practice NEW HAVEN, CT (January 17, 2012) — Solo Practice University® (SPU), the leading online educational and professional networking community for lawyers and law students, is proud to announce strategic partnerships with two more law schools to help their students and […]
This past Friday and Saturday I had the distinct privilege to be invited to attend the Future of Legal Education Conference (Twitter stream #fe3) hosted by Harvard Law School and New York Law School. It was actually an amazing experience because a core group of legal educators came together to share ideas on how to […]
We are very pleased to announce our new ‘Bridges’ program and we thank New York Law School (and all the other law school deans and career counselors who are currently in discussions with SPU) for being the first in this initiative. You can learn more about this partnership in our official press release and learn more […]
On January 27th of this year I had the distinct privilege of educating more than (70)seventy (113) one hundred and thirteen career counselors on how they can help their law students and grads who either want to go solo or feel they have no option but to go solo. I thank Amanda Ellis of Amanda […]