Disrupting Law Schools
I’ve been reading CAP’s “Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education” There’s a bunch there to digest for law school faculty & administrators. The basic argument is that schools should embrace online learning (or be bulldozed under by it).
I wondered how tenable people think the distance-disruption line is between law schools and colleges. I take it that the usual argument is that law school graduates (like business school graduates) are buying social contacts in a particular place, and that the bar admission rules provide a strong set of barriers to universal distance learning/teaching. The strength of this argument probably would run with the JD, which is why LL.M. programs (in tax, trial advocacy, etc.) are increasingly moving toward distance teaching – in ten years, that LL.M. market will be totally disrupted, but the JD market won’t be.
But then I read Disrupting College. Isn’t this precisely the same form of argument that CAP demolishes?