A Call for Radical Changes in Educating New Lawyers: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Voices His Opinion

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The legal profession is contemplating making drastic changes to its educational system including reducing the curriculum, requiring more hands-on training and licensing technicians who are not fully qualified lawyers. According to a Feb. 10 report in The New York Times, a task force that has been appointed to overhaul the legal education system says that the time is ripe for change.

We do want more bright young people to choose the legal profession. At the same time, we should think very carefully before diluting the curriculum and compromising on quality.

The legal education system needs a complete overhaul, according to an American Bar Association task force made up of former judges and lawyers, The New York Times reports. The Feb. 10 article states that the task force is recommending several drastic changes including cutting the curriculum, requiring more hands-on training, and licensing technicians who are not "full" lawyers. These proposals are the result of numerous factors including a sharp decline in law school applications, outsourcing of research over the Internet, an increase in the number of underemployed and indebted law school graduates and a high percentage of the legal needs of Americans not being met, the Times reports.

The task force admits that the current system is broken and says that now is the time to implement these extensive changes, the report states. One of the recommendations made to the task force was to reduce the core of law school from three to two years to cut costs and make it more affordable to students. The report states that the task force recommends simplifying the bar exam, relaxing accreditation standards, allowing for more experimental learning and establishing training for the legal equivalent of nurse practitioners.

The Times reports that law schools are also experimenting with the curriculum and programs offered to make their courses more popular to the rest of the campus population. For example, the University of Oregon's law school offers clinics on topics such as nonprofits, environmental policy and probate mediation. The report states that this strategy has been successful in bringing more revenue to the law school.

Kenneth A. Wilhelm, who has practiced personal injury law in New York for 41 years, says he agrees with the task force that wide-ranging changes may be necessary to resuscitate the legal education system. "I graduated from law school in 1970 after obtaining a masters degree in psychology," he said. "These are changing times and the legal education system should become more flexible in order to accommodate the needs of today's student population."

However, Wilhelm expressed concerns over lowering standards and cutting curriculum. "We do want more bright young people to choose the legal profession. At the same time, we should think very carefully before diluting the curriculum and compromising on quality."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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