Luke Bierman commentary on legal education

Luke BiermanHuffington Post – January 24, 2013
“Finally: A Time For Lawyers To Ask Questions When They Don't Know the Answers”

“Those of us in positions of leadership in legal education must undertake a serious and genuine review of the system so we do far more than merely fix what we didn't like about our professional preparation. We must summon institutional fortitude and question the very assumptions, now more than a century old, that have brought legal education to this disruptive moment. If as lawyers we are to remain relevant in a country based on the rule of law, we must have the courage to recognize the transformative activity around us – transformation as profound as it was a century ago when a rural agrarian society morphed quickly into an urban industrial age – and boldly adapt our profession and our preparation.”


New York Law Journal – October 19, 2012
“The Time for Legal Educators To Be Bold”

“Forces both within and without the legal academy are pressuring law schools to rethink their missions and their curriculum. While painful for some in the interim, ultimately this reexamination will benefit our law schools, law students, and the profession as a whole. If the best results of this period of self analysis are realized, we will be left with a diversified landscape of law schools, differentiated in their approaches to best serve the educational needs of their students, and the professional needs of our society generally and legal practitioners specifically.”


National Law Journal – June 4, 2012
“Experiential Legal Education”

“Inherent conservatism in the law, its practitioners and its teachers is at once a virtue and a vice. While providing structure for social institutions and their inevitable evolution, the law and its practitioners and teachers concomitantly serve to head off rapid transformation. Innovation, then, may not slip easily off the collective tongue of the legal profession. Yet, once every century, innovation is warranted, and legal educators now are rallying to the cause. “


Huffington Post – April 1, 2013
“Goldilocks and Legal Education”

“Today we are moving from the stability of post-industrial order to a technologically based information age – and quite hectically so. For the legal profession to maintain its longstanding prominence in these times, its educational system, developed over a century ago, must modernize as well.”


Business Insider – June 10, 2013
“How The Law School Where I'm An Associate Dean Justifies Its Existence”

“While the use of technology to make some forms of legal work more efficient will mean certain kinds of legal jobs go away, it also creates new opportunities for lawyers. Those opportunities include acting as a bridge between the worlds of business and law and serving as ethicists who can help institutions of all kinds determine the best courses of action for their long-term fiscal AND social stability … We must train lawyers who can deal with and adapt to ambiguity and bring order to ambiguous situations.”