Indiana law review
Most of us choose our own titles when we are invited to speak or write about law. At most, the inviter tells us what the general occasion is, and we respond by suggesting a particular piece ofthe day's larger topic, usually a slice of it that has already been on our minds, and a deal is struck. Occasionally, someone assigns us a topic, but we find it sufficiently large a vessel that we can pour into it pretty much what we like. The able organizers of this symposium printed my title in the program, and that is how I learned about it. I am glad they did so. Thinking through the title, "What the Legal Profession Expects of Law Schools," has been an interesting experience. For one thing, the demands of law practice are such that most members ofthe profession do not actually expect anything at all from their law schools once they have graduated. Lawyers receive most of what they expect from their school during the three years they spend as students. By and large, they take their diploma and seldom give the matter another thought. On the other hand, the organs and institutions of the profession, such as the bar associations and the courts, and those individual lawyers who pay close attention to legal education and admissions to the bar, actually do form and articulate discrete expectations with respect to the schools. These expectations, of course, are shifting and often conflicting. In thinking about both the modest expectations of the great bulk of lawyers and the specific expectations of the organization, I have come to rest on five enumerated demands. I list them here, in no particular order, and specifically disclaim any authority or presumption to speak for the profession.