A Canadian Law School Curriculum for this Age


  • Ian Holloway




This article suggests a number of curricular alterations to the current law school program in order to adjust for the modern practice of law. The author begins by reviewing the expansive nature of law school from the end of the Second World War until the period just after the year 2000, which he describes as the Gilded Age of law school. He asserts that the Gilded Age ended with the introduction of market forces into Canadian legal education in 1995. The author argues that the law school of today must anticipate the legal profession of tomorrow. The suggested additions to law school include: grounding legal education in learning theory; using solution-oriented and economic analysis; instructing lawyers to be leaders, team players, project managers, and globally minded; using legal history as a basis for understanding the law; and implementing technology as part of the core curriculum.