The Challenges to Legal Education in 1973 and 2012: An Introduction to the Anniversary Issue of the Hofstra Law Review

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Almost forty years after its publication, the first issue of the Hofstra Law Review remains memorable because of its impressive list of authors, challenging content, and innovative structure. Astoundingly, it is relevant even today. It exemplifies the best a law review should and can be, and continues to reflect the ambition and vision of Hofstra Law and its founding dean, Malachy Mahon.

Hofstra Law School was born at a time of major changes in society, higher education, and law. Today, we find ourselves again at a similar crossroads, as this Introduction will demonstrate. The inaugural issue of the Law Review reflects, at least implicitly, multiple challenges the Law School faced at its inception, including curriculum planning and the integration of practical training in law schools. It also serves as a powerful reminder of the slowness with which change proceeds in the legal profession and the academy, as many of the currently hotly debated issues in both the profession and the academy have their origin in the past but have remained unaddressed or unresolved to this day. Globalization, technological changes, and resulting market pressures on the profession now mandate a new approach to both the practice of law and its teaching. It continues to amaze me how Hofstra Law’s innovative beginning responded to those demands. The Law Review was born out of a desire to celebrate (practical) scholarship, create a reputation for the Law School, and establish a leadership role in scholarly endeavors. The inaugural issue accomplished these lofty goals.

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