The Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership is a semiannual double blind-refereed publication organized by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. The journal seeks to uphold the characteristics of Jesuit education and values the development of both knowledge and the individual by presenting research and discussions on diverse leadership topics in the following fields of practices: Pre K -12 Education, Higher Education, Healthcare, Business, Government, Military, Non-profit.
As legal education incorporates more clinical offerings into the three-year JD curriculum, it becomes more like the training of other professionals. But this isn’t enough. Other professionals also are expected to serve post-graduation apprenticeships before they are deemed fully prepared to practice and so licensed to do so. Building an apprenticeship model into post-graduation legal training is a step toward redressing what are inaccurately perceived as shortfalls of legal education. Another step would be moving away from the current one-size-fits-all JD to include alternatives that involve less lengthy and intensive training and certification for specific legal tasks.
In Rules for a Flat World, Hadfield focuses on law as created by and comprised of primarily centralized legal institutions. Current insights into law, however, highlight a complexity behind the social movements that cause disruption and lead to real legal change, which creates a new, broader definition of law. Taking Hadfield’s view that law needs to be understood and designed by economists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and ordinary people, not just lawyers (Hadfield, 2017), a little further, this paper considers the complexity of social movements in combination with law as part of a more robust definition of law.
Legal representation makes a significant difference to the outcome of removal proceedings. Yet high percentages of both detained and non-detained immigrants do not have access to such representation. Some state and local governments have undertaken to increase access to pro bonolegal representation for immigrants in these proceedings.
This essay is focused on the role which law schools might play in “reinventing” the law student for a more robust role in an increasingly complex global economy. The case is presented for law schools to embrace and promote a collaborative orientation toward legal conflict and the role which lawyers have to play as problem solvers. Principles from systems thinking as well as a real-world example are utilized to illustrate why this change is imperative.
In her provocative book Rules for a Flat World, Professor Gillian Hadfield makes the important point that our ossified legal system does not meet the needs of our dynamic society. And she rightly notes that legal education is not an ally in meeting this challenge. To move forward, then, legal education must innovate. This essay offers the modest hunch that non-profit higher education can innovate at lower cost by mimicking the successes of their for-profit peers, in effect leveraging for-profit higher education as a form of research and development. Even if this hunch has some validity, though, it does not say what shape that innovation will take, and whether it can promote the needed change that Professor Hadfield urges.