Germany's Legal Education System Offers Lessons for U.S. Reform

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Germany's Legal Education System Offers Lessons for U.S. Reform

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Germany's Legal Education System Offers Lessons for U.S. Reform

October 10, 2013, Cynthia Fountaine

${image-alt} Dean Fountaine and SIU law students visit Justizpalast München during the Spring, 2013 Legal Globalization Course that examined Germany.

One issue that seems to be on the minds of everyone in the legal community is legal education reform. How can we provide better training for lawyers at a lower cost?

The need for reform in both the economic model of legal education and in the law school curriculum is driven by various factors. Changes in the economy, advancements in technology and the new demands of a global marketplace have changed the legal profession and professionals, and educators recognize that the way we train new lawyers can be improved.

As we consider ways to improve legal education in the United States, it is helpful to consider the legal education systems in place in other countries. As a Fulbright senior scholar in Germany, I had the opportunity to learn about legal education there.

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