by Jeff Jones

The expectation among firms that new law graduates be “practice-ready” is rather recent. Not coincidentally, it came along with downward economic pressure on law firms. Law firms no longer wish to carry the costs of training their own employees because clients refuse to subsidize the task. So automatically, and almost out of nowhere, the fault lies with law schools. Perhaps law firms, like law schools, need a new business model. Asking companies that choose to hire people to train them also doesn’t seem out of order.

To learn more about the idea of practice-ready law grads, I spoke to Robert J. Condlin, professor at University of Maryland Law School and the author of "Practice Ready Graduates": A Millenialist Fantasy (2015). Listen to our conversation below.