This article synthesizes major points in the October 2012 symposium of the University of Missouri School of Law Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, entitled "Overcoming Barriers in Preparing Law Students for Real-World Practice." There is a growing consensus that American law schools need to do a better job of preparing students to practice law. Teaching students to think like a lawyer is still necessary but it is not sufficient for students to act like a lawyer soon after they graduate.
John M. Lande, Reforming Legal Education to Prepare Law Students Optimally for Real-World Practice, 2013 J. Disp. Resol., (Forthcoming 2013).