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LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice.

May 4, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has created turmoil for legal education and bar admissions, as law schools have shut down their campuses and states have put off bar exams. One proposal, advocated by Jennifer L. Mnookin, dean of UCLA Law School, and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School, in The National Law Journal, is for states to provisionally license law school graduates for two years, without a bar exam. 

Of course, bar admission is only one of the many difficult challenges facing law school deans as they wrestle with online courses, uncertainty about student internships and placements, disrupted admissions, and enormous questions about planning for the coming academic year and beyond. 

On this episode of LawNext, Dean Mnookin joins host Bob Ambrogi to share her thoughts and experiences on legal education in a lockdown and beyond.  

Dean of UCLA Law since 2015, Mnookin is also the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro professor of law and faculty co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence). 


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