Legal Education Challenges in U.S. and Japan

A belated tip of the hat to Chuck Weisselberg and his colleagues at Berkeley, and Wasada for sponsoring a fascinating conference on December 16 & 17 bringing together U.S. and Japanese legal educators to discuss the challenges facing clinical education in both countries.

A key takeaway (paraphrasing Weisellberg, I hope accurately): By contrast to our colleagues in Japan, we in the U.S. are fortunate to have the experience of decades of clinical education, a large cohort of capable clinical educators and much more support in key sectors of legal education and the bar.

The movement toward professional education in Japan a decade ago was predicated on admitting significantly more graduates to the bar and other changes that have not materialized, resulting in grave structural challenges for the future of professional legal education in Japan.

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