The Carlisle campus is just one year away now from its new grand experiment starting next summer: a new life as one of two, separately-accredited law schools operated by Penn State.Faculty here are now months into a curriculum development process that will see the once-and-future Dickinson Law pledging a core focus on "producing practice-ready lawyers for a competitive, global market."That's an intentional statement meant as a mark of distinction in a legal education field that's been criticized for years for doing a better job of teaching students how to graduate from law school than how to be a lawyer.
Let's hope they do it right. Most schools now are paying lip service to experiential learning. Entrenched faculty resist change and they will have to change--even the first year classes--if they really want to produce "practice ready" lawyers. Just adding a clinic or two isn't going to cut it. This article sounds as if they're actually taking the change seriously.