Legal Education: The State of the Art

Inaugural Conference of the Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession
June 2, 2017
UC Irvine School of Law

The Center’s inaugural conference convened leading scholars to assess the current state of legal education. Research presented at this conference addressed questions such as: Who seeks admission to law school, and to what extent are law schools attracting the “best and brightest” undergraduates? What do we know about law school debt and the return on investment in legal education? What factors influence law students’ post-graduation employment decisions? What are the latest findings of the LSSSE survey on legal education and the law student experience? What measures have proven effective in improving students’ prospects of succeeding in law school and passing the bar? What are the latest findings from the After the JD research on lawyers’ careers?

Participants

  • Richard L. Abel

    Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus
    Distinguished Research Professor
    University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

  • Catherine Albiston

    Professor of Law
    Professor of Sociology
    University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Judith C. Areen

    Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center

  • John Bliss

    Resident Fellow
    Center on the Legal Profession
    Harvard Law School
  • Scott L. Cummings

    Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics
    Professor of Law
    University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

  • Meera E. Deo

    Associate Professor of Law
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Ronit Dinovitzer

    Associate Professor of Sociology
    University of Toronto

  • Bryant Garth

    Chancellor's Professor of Law
    University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • William D. Henderson

    Professor of Law
    Val Nolan Faculty Fellow
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law

  • Michael Hunter Schwartz

    Dean
    Professor of Law
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Frank McIntyre

    Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
    Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick

  • Elizabeth Mertz

    John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School

  • Tammy Patterson

    CEO & President
    NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
  • Emily Taylor Poppe

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    Cornell University Law School
  • Anna Raup-Kounovsky

    Criminology, Law, and Society
    University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology

  • Carole Silver

    Professor of Global Law and Practice
    Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Ann Southworth

    Professor of Law
    University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Alex Steel

    Professor of Law
    University of New South Wales School of Law
  • Aaron Taylor

    Associate Professor of Law
    Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Riaz Tejani

    Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
    University of Illinois Springfield
  • Judith Welch Wegner

    Burton Craig Professor of Law, Emeritus
    University of North Carolina School of Law