In an article on Bloomberg View, Benjamin Barton, professor of law, says that things in the legal field aren’t so bad. Yes, lawyers are in trouble, but brighter days lie ahead as the industry corrects itself toward more stability.
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Ben Barton, Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law, in the Bloomberg article “Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?” says willful ignorance kept law schools accepting students even as the legal business was declining. The article features sample bar exam test questions labeled “Could You Pass the Bar Exam?”
Today’s legal profession faces a number of challenges, including a smaller job market and fewer law school applicants. But College of Law Professor Benjamin Barton argues that these struggles may transform the practice of law and benefit American consumers.
Four UT professors are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.
The current Supreme Court may be criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, but according to a study conducted by UT law professor Ben Barton, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history. The study, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity.
Among the longest-running clinics in the nation, UT’s clinics help students learn how to practice law while providing a low-cost legal alternative for students, faculty and staff, and low-income people in Knoxville.