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Columbia Law School

2007

Legal Education

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The Law School Matrix: Reforming Legal Education In A Culture Of Competition And Conformity, Susan P. Sturm, Lani Guinier Jan 2007

The Law School Matrix: Reforming Legal Education In A Culture Of Competition And Conformity, Susan P. Sturm, Lani Guinier

Faculty Scholarship

The recent energy for reforming legal education focuses on curricular changes that expand students' understanding of what law is, move beyond adjudication and the courtroom, introduce broader forms of knowledge, and develop a wider range of skills. These well-intentioned and carefully analyzed programmatic initiatives may nevertheless founder because of the cultural mismatch between these proposals and the institutions they seek to change.

In this essay we argue that successful reform requires taking account of the culture of competition and conformity that permeates law schools. By culture we mean the incentive structures and peer pressure, dominant rituals and unspoken habits of ...


Crafting A Scholarly Persona: A Panel Discussion, Ian Ayres, Paul H. Robinson, Carol Sanger, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan Jan 2007

Crafting A Scholarly Persona: A Panel Discussion, Ian Ayres, Paul H. Robinson, Carol Sanger, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

Faculty Scholarship

This is an edited transcript of Crafting a Scholarly Persona, the Scholarship Section's program from the AALS Annual Meeting in 2007. During this program, three established scholars, Ian Ayres, Paul Robinson, and Carol Sanger, discussed their individual career paths – How they chose their article topics, what the goals of their scholarship are, how they view their research agendas, etc. The discussion was intended roughly to mirror Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio.