Picture this: there are 200 applicants for one position in the legal world. If you think those odds only apply to getting into top-tier law schools, think again. They also apply to some positions in education law, says Mike Smith, campus counsel at the University of California, Berkeley.
Later this month, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will publish its findings from a two-year study in a report entitled Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law. According to a press release from the foundation, the study looked at 16 legal institutions in the U.S. and Canada in order to examine ''the way that law schools develop legal understanding and form professional identity.'' While the report acknowledged that law schools are capable of imparting the ability to think like a lawyer, they are in need of ''innovation and improvement.''
During recent school terms, record numbers of students were enrolled in law schools in the U.S. and Canada. In 1975, some 122,492 students crowded the class rooms of U.S. law schools.