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1 Nova L.J. 9 (1977)


Early in 1972, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education published its report on legal education. It is the most prominent study of legal education in the last decade, and typical of discourse in and about law schools—urbane, speculative, unempirical, conceptual, rarely student-centered. The authors of the Carnegie report were articulate law teachers. They wrote with their feet up and their pipes lit, without attention to facts which did not come from their considerable experience. The value of such reports is the thoughtfulness of the people who write them, and their predictive accuracy is due to the fact that people who are powerful in legal education deal in self-fulfilling prophecy. Reports on legal education are therefore characteristically thin on new information, well informed about yesterday, incisive on tomorrow, and weak about today.


Reprinted with permission of Nova Law Review.



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