Journal of Legal Education


JLE Focuses Spring Issue on Foundational & Contemporary Issues in Legal Education

The Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Legal Education takes up foundational and contemporary issues in legal education and includes the full text of 2018 AALS President Wendy Collins Perdue’s address at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

The issue includes the following articles:

The “At the Lectern” series continues with “The Infinite Power of Grammar,” by Patrick Barry. A new feature, “Legends of the Legal Academy,” puts the spotlight on Hope Lewis in “Hope Lewis: Refuse the Ride,” by Margaret B. Kwoka.

Book reviews in this issue include:

American University Washington College of Law Joins Northeastern Law as Co-Editors of the JLE

The Journal of Legal Education (JLE) welcomes American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) as the new co-editor of the publication, taking over from the University of Washington School of Law who served in the role since 2015. Northeastern University School of Law, co-editors of the JLE since 2014, also announced the school will continue to serve in the role.

“We are honored to join the Journal of Legal Education as co-editors with Northeastern Law,” said Camille Nelson, Dean of AUWCL. “As the journal of the AALS in its role as a learned society, the JLE is an important place for discussion, information, and reflection. AUWCL values scholarship and recognizes its impactful and transformational societal role. We hope to bring attention to the innovations and challenges of modern legal education by showcasing excellent scholarship by law faculty in these areas.”

“Northeastern Law has relished our opportunity to co-host the Journal of Legal Education over the past five years, and we are excited to continue with our partners from AUWCL,” said Jeremy Paul, former dean of Northeastern Law and co-editor of the JLE. “Recent growth in law school applications should not blind us to the need for dramatic changes in legal education. Today’s law schools must embrace interdisciplinary study, global perspectives, technological transformation of the profession, practical training, and wonderful new diversity in our ranks, all while working tirelessly to keep costs manageable and student debt under control. Scholarship that paves the way to tackle these challenges in a thoughtful and productive manner can be a crucial guide to faculties charting new courses.”

The JLE addresses issues of importance to legal educators, including curriculum development, teaching methods, and scholarship. Published since 1948, it is an outlet for emerging areas of scholarship and teaching. AALS runs the JLE website ( as a repository for current and past issues of the journal as well as subscription, submission, and copyright information. “We are honored to share in steering the association’s flagship journal as a forum for the best ideas in legal education we can find,” said Jeremy Paul. “We encourage faculty members and administrators at every school to submit articles and suggestions.” Thank you to the deans, faculty, and staff of AUWCL, Northeastern Law and the University of Washington School of Law for their support of the JLE.