New York Deans on Law Schools

On Monday (the day Hurricane Sandy hit New York City), the New York Law Journal pubished a special issue featuring interviews with the deans of all 15 law schools in New York state.

Here’s a sample from my interview:

In this economy, it is important that law students approach their education strategically so that they are not just “getting a degree,” but building a path to the profession. At St. John’s, we have structured our curriculum and our advising processes so that students can identify and develop a career pathway in one or more practice areas. That pathway will include foundational courses, advanced courses, drafting courses, clinics, field placements, and extra-curricular activities—all focused on developing practical skills and targeted expertise for profession-readiness. Lawyers who have cultivated expertise in a particular field, industry, or practice area are in particular demand.

My full interview, which touches on topics ranging from curricular changes to the new pro bono requirement, is here.

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