The Special Committee made a series of recommendations to mitigate the law school debt crisis and transform legal education to focus on educating lawyers at an affordable price.
- Congress and the Department of Education should place reasonable limits on the amount that law students can borrow from the federal government.
- Rather than allowing all accredited law schools to enroll students receiving federal student loans, Congress should restrict federal loan eligibility to schools whose graduates meet certain employment and debt-repayment outcomes.
- The federal government should ensure that funds available in these programs are targeted to students most in need.
- Law schools must have the ability to experiment with new models of legal education to find the best ways to control costs while still delivering a quality education.
- Law schools themselves must transform their curricula to more emphasis on practice-oriented courses, with greater focus during the second and third years of school on helping students transition to practice through apprenticeships, practical courses and teaching assistantships, rather than the more traditional doctrinal courses. Needed reforms also include changes to law school faculty.