Journal of Legal Education
legal profession, legal education, lawyering skills, law schools, MacCrate Report
A version of rat time is being created within the legal profession as law schools pump 40,000 graduates a year into a saturated system. Understanding our present condition as a period of rat time can help us diagnose the problems of the legal profession, identify the future responsibilities of law schools and the profession, and create more effective solutions than the bandaids that have been proposed or applied thus far. This is particularly important because lawyers and law schools have lost their way. They are afraid to address their most troubling problems and to take the principled actions necessary for meaningful reform.
David R. Barnhizer, Of Rat Time and Terminators, 45 Journal of Legal Education 49 (1995)