Last November I wrote JD as Job Credential for non-Law Jobs: Mistaking Cause and Effect?. That post led to an interesting e-mail exchange with Doug Cornelius, a lawyer and blogger (KMSpace and, as of 2009, at Compliance Building). 

With Doug’s permission, I posted our exchange as an article at this site, The Value of a JD and Musings on the Structure of the Legal Market. In it, we bemoan how little practical law students learn and conclude that law schools may be even less prone to change than relations between general counsels and law firms.

Let’s think about the impact of the current economic crisis on law schools: Enrollment – bets on up or down? Endowments – way down. Prospects for grads to get jobs – way down. Approach to education – unchanged? How many law faculties have met to ask “what can we do in this tough economy to make our education more valuable and useful?” I suspect not many.