The coronavirus crisis has created turmoil for legal education and bar admissions, as law schools have shut down their campuses and states have put off bar exams. One proposal, advocated by Jennifer L. Mnookin, dean of UCLA Law School, and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School, in The National Law Journal, is for states to provisionally license law school graduates for two years, without a bar exam.

Of course, bar admission is only one of the many difficult challenges facing law school deans as they wrestle with online courses, uncertainty about student internships and placements, disrupted admissions, and enormous questions about planning for the coming academic year and beyond.

On this episode of LawNext, Dean Mnookin joins me to share her thoughts and experiences on legal education in a lockdown and beyond.

Dean of UCLA Law since 2015, Mnookin is also the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro professor of law and faculty co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence).


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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.