The prestigious Institute for Law Teaching and Learning recently selected two articles from the Chapman Law Review as Article of the Month. Professor James Moliterno’s article, “A Way Forward for an Ailing Legal Education Model” was the Article of the Month for February 2014. Professor Bradley Borden’s article entitled “Using the Client-File Method to Teach Transactional Law” was chosen as Article of the Month for October 2013.
Both chosen articles were originally published in the Chapman Law Review (Vol. 17) and coincided with the 2013 Chapman Law Review Symposium, “The Future of Law, Business, and Legal Education: How to Prepare Students to Meet Corporate Needs.” The Symposium focused on legal education reform, and how law schools can prepare students to be practice-ready to meet the specific needs of the business community and in-house counsel.
Fowler School of Law Dean Tom Campbell commented:
“The focus on specific skills training has become the essence of legal education at our law school. We want our graduates to be able to interview a client, draft a contract, and appear in court, with the assuredness of one who has done it before, and received specific coaching in doing so. Though it is difficult to believe, that is actually not the case for the vast majority of law school graduates in America. The Fowler School of Law at Chapman University is in the lead in making a transition from the traditional legal training by reading decided court cases toward asking how a lawyer can help a client.”
James E. Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Bradley Borden is a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. He is an authority on taxation of real property transactions and flow-through entities.
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