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The Language of Law School: Learning to ‘Think Like a Lawyer’

Fall 2007

Researching Law, Vol. 18, No. 4

In recent years American legal education has come under scrutiny. Educators and administrators have questioned whether current law school curricula and pedagogical methods best prepare students for the practice of law in a rapidly changing, diverse, and increasingly interconnected world. One of the leading sources for this information has been the American Bar Foundation, whose recently-released reports on legal education authored by Elizabeth Mertz have been garnering national attention. This edition of Researching Law details the content of her recent work on the language of law school.