Prof. Robert Rhee, Marbury Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has proposed a law school firm model that he has developed with Brooklyn Law School Professor Bradley Borden. The concept of the “law school firm” calls for law schools to establish affiliated law firms.
The affiliation would provide opportunities for students, faculty and attorneys to collaborate and share resources to teach, research, write, serve clients, and influence the development of law and policy. Based loosely on the medical school model, the law school firm will help bridge the gap between law schools and the practice of law.
Below is a graphic representation of the proposed law school firm model:
Professors Rhee and Borden have a forthcoming article in the South Carolina Law Review (Vol. 63, 2011) in which they introduce and discuss their concept for the law school firm. Their model has already received much attention from both traditional media and the blogsphere, as noted below: