Legal Education in Crisis, and Why Law Libraries Are Doomed

James Milles, State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law
Kenneth Hirsh, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Abstract: The dual crises facing legal education—the economic crisis affecting both the job market and the pool of law school applicants, and the crisis of confidence in the ability of law schools and the ABA accreditation process to meet the needs of lawyers or society at large—have undermined the case for not only the autonomy, but the very existence, of law school libraries as we have known them. Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go. Some law schools will abandon the traditional law library completely—some already have. Most law schools will see their libraries whittled away bit by bit as they attempt to answer “the Yirka Question” in the face of shrinking resources, reexamined priorities, and university centralization. What choices individual schools make will largely be driven by how they play the reputation game.
Professor and former Law Library Director at University of Buffalo, James Milles, will explain his reasoning and Professor Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director of the Law Library and I.T. at the University of Cincinnati, will respond.

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14 June 13:00 - 14:00
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