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Stephen M. Bainbridge William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA 2014 Cameron Visiting Fellow, University of Auckland Faculty of Law

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The State of Legal Education in the USA Stephen M. Bainbridge William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA 2014 Cameron Visiting Fellow, University of Auckland Faculty of Law 1


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Legal Employment Before Financial Crisis: Growth Plateaus


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Demand for Legal Services, 1960 = 1 3 Source: Richard Sander, UCLA


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Supply of Lawyers versus Demand for Legal Services, 1960-1 4 Source: Richard Sander, UCLA


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The Recent Past: Declining Opportunities The Future Looks Grim Legal Employment: Post 2008 Financial crisis


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Latest UCLA Data 6 76%


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Tuition Debt Financial Trouble 7


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Effect 8


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Client pushback on costs continues Increasing reliance on non-lawyer legal service providers Paralegals Self-help (e.g., Legalzoom.com) Outsourcing to legal support service companies in low wage English-speaking countries (especially India) Market growing at 30% per year since 2009 Probably a Permanent Shift 9


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In rough order of probability: More transparency from law schools on employment data More “experiential learning” Clinics Simulations Externships More online educational opportunities Tuition freezes Reduction in class sizes Reduction in faculty size Reduction in size of law school administrations Law school closures Third year apprenticeship Two year J.D. Three-Three Degrees (3 years undergraduate; three year law school) Making law an undergraduate major Reform 10


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For More Information 11


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