The legal community always abounds with discussion about changing the law school format. However, the current three year post-graduate path to a J.D. seems to be fairly well set in stone, until now.
It seems that the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Mass. is attempting to open their own undergraduate college. If successful, the school would allow students with a high enough GPA to start law school after their junior year of undergrad. The effect: a J.D. in 6 years, not 7. Robert Ambrogi has more on this, here.
I think this is an interesting concept, but I question a couple things about it. It could be a great productivity boost (hence, that’s why I’m writing about it). However, can’t people get this same effect by plowing through their undergraduate degree in three years? That isn’t a terribly uncommon thing to do. This method also prevents students from being locked into the same school for college and law school. And it ensures that students are getting the benefit out of all of their undergraduate classes.
The other point I question is the GPA cut-off line for starting law school early. In my humble opinion, a 3.2 is not a terribly high GPA, especially when using it as a line in the sand for people who can move up to the challenge that law school presents. I’m not sure what it would take to earn a 3.2 at Mass. College of History and Law, but perhaps the planners should draw up a bit more stringent requirements for their early law school program.
Do you have any thoughts on making the legal education process more productive? Feel free to post a comment or drop me a line.
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