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The National Jurist: How Law Schools Can Best Serve the Modern-Day Student

Published: October 08, 2015

October 6, 2015 by Thomas F. Guernsey

by Thomas F. Guernsey, President and Dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

We all share a stake in seeing law schools succeed. Success, however, cannot be built upon a career-specific degree. It is my firm belief that our profession must do more than create lawyers — we must develop entrepreneurs, activists, leaders and free thinkers.

The legal profession continues to evolve, even as the number of law firms in the country declines. Many corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The result has been an increase in the demand for lawyers in industries such as real estate, consulting, healthcare, human resources, finance and insurance. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, we find our career service professionals now spend significantly more time with students seeking non-practicing opportunities.

Read more from Thomas F. Guernsey in The National Jurist here.