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Sturm College of Law


Flexner Report, Legal education, Medical education


The purpose of this Article is to explore the common elements of legal and medical education and to compare the reform movements in each profession, with a view toward finding an explanation for the widely differing conditions that exist today in the education of each profession. For example, why is it that medical education can provide facilities and training costing up to ten times that provided law students? Why do medical schools receive outside financial support paying up to 95% of the costs of medical education while law schools are supported primarily by tuition and fees? Why do medical students enjoy a faculty-student ratio of one to three while law students suffer under a ratio of one to twenty, or worse? Why do medical students receive considerably more skills training than lawyers? And finally, why do graduates of medical schools enjoy significantly higher incomes than law school graduates?

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