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Breaking Out of Legal Education's
Time, Place and Manner Box

I. Auspices

This presentation was prepared for a conference entitled, "Critical Choices: Educating the Next Generation of Lawyers," organized by the "Out of the Box Committee" of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The conference took place in Dallas, Texas, April 15-17, 2004. The video conference interviews from which the "vitual panel" was compiled were conducted by Peter W. Martin during the months of January, February, and March 2004.

II. Participants

  • Anjani Jain, Vice Dean and Director of the Graduate Division of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, together with Howard Kaufold, Director of Wharton's executive MBA program
  • Lyle Yorks, Director of a Columbia Teachers College doctorate program in the field of adult education called AEGIS
  • Geoff Cox, President of Cardean University, which offers an online MBA
  • Martha Siegel, Associate Dean and Dean of Students, Concord University School of Law
  • Ron Staudt, Associate Vice President and Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Peter Martin, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

III. Program

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The full program runs 68 minutes. Those wanting to view the program in installments can begin viewing at the beginning of any of segments listed in the following outline.

The program is also available on DVD. Anyone interested in a copy should send email to

Breaking Out of Legal Education's
Time, Place and Manner Box
[Full Program]

Segment 1

Introduction and Background
- Legal Education's rigidities as access barriers
- The panelists and program organization

Moderator: Peter W. Martin
Segment 2

Other Graduate Professional Programs Designed for Older, Employed Individuals
- Wharton's MBA for Executives
- Columbia Teachers College (AEGIS program)
- Cardean University's Online MBA
- Fitting professional education into densely packed working lives
- Fostering community and peer-peer learning without ongoing physical proximity

Panelists: Jain, Kaufold, Yorks, and Cox

Segment 3

Are Such Formats Appropriate for Law?
- The impediments
- Concord Univ. School of Law
- Blueprint for an eJD program - Chicago-Kent College of Law

Panelists: Siegel and Staudt