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by Vault Law Editors | November 02, 2007

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Does law school do a good job of training students for “real-life careers”? Not really, says a report published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Law schools are better suited to produce “competitive scholars” than to prepare lawyers for the day-to-day practice of serving real clients. Critical of the over-emphasis on the Socratic Method, whose goal is to get students to “think like lawyers,” the report highlights the under-development of practical, social and ethical skills—tools that might actually prepare students to be good lawyers.

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