I remember reading, reading, and more reading in law school. I remember the Socratic method, but the focus being on the casebook method. Fortunately, I also remember what made me a practice ready attorney from the day I graduated and joined Traverse Legal - that was The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at MSU Law. It was a rigorous two-year program that taught pre-trial and trial advocacy, not in a typical classroom setting, but rather in a state of the art courtroom. I learned about the practicalities of discovery, actually tried mock cases each semester, and tasted the life of a litigator. My only regret was that there was not more of it in law school. That said, I will forever be thankful to MSU Law for giving me the practical skills necessary to get through those first real depositions, hearings, and trials.
So, let's hear it. Do you think law schools need to change, and if so, in what ways? What other law schools are leading the way? Brian wants to hear from you!