Law schools and legal education have a lot to learn from an unlikely source: America’s almost 1,600 community colleges. The lessons that often disrespected two-year schools can teach law schools are many and very relevant to the current crisis in legal education.
What was formerly a little-known, but very lucrative, specialty practice reserved for a few lawyers is rapidly becoming a very big deal and one that is open to any attorney. The federal government is becoming much more aggressive about investigating what it deems questionable contractor and grantee behavior. As a result, the number of suspensions and debarments of federal contract and grant recipients is growing. And that means legal jobs and business opportunities.
You would think that, in an increasingly globalized world, disputes among companies over international trade issues would be skyrocketing. They aren’t. Although there are niches where international trade litigators can still carve out a viable practice, they are few and the future is cloudy.