Last Friday, I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of what the future might hold when I attended an all day conference at my alma mater, Brooklyn Law School entitled “From Bleak House to Geek House: Evolving Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers.” This was the first time I had returned to the law school since I graduated twenty years ago and was delighted to see how far my law school had changed.
The conference which “ focused on the challenges and opportunities that are changing legal education and the practice of law…and included demonstrations of forward-looking legal products and services exemplifying the new face of law practice,” was organized by Professor Jonathan Askin who is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Law School Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP) and the Innovation Catalyst for the school’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE).
Interestingly the day began with Dean Nicholas Allard addressing the news that had been widely reported of Brooklyn Law School’s 15% tuition cut in order to address law school accessibility and affordability. This announcement in itself represents the evolution of law and legal education here in the United States. In a country where tuition rates continually rise, Brooklyn Law School has decided to go the other way and actually cut tuition in order to make it more accessible by those that want to attend law school and make a difference.Continue Reading