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July 15, 1933

Review of Legal Education in the United States and Canada for the Year 1932.

JAMA. 1933;101(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740280056040

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"Balancing the budget" is a sufficiently familiar phrase. In the Annual Review of Legal Education, however, Dr. Reed makes use of it in an unaccustomed sense, for he applies it not merely to the fiscal operations of law schools and universities but to the broader aspects of the problem of legal education regarded from the point of view of society as a whole. He asks what proportion of the cost of his education should be met by the student himself and what part by the voluntary or involuntary contributions of others. Should public funds be devoted to vocational and professional education irrespective of the number of specialized experts that our current economic system can absorb?

The author discusses at length the problem of student selection, declaring that the simplest, most infallible method of determining whether an individual is qualified to practice a profession is to let him try, and acknowledging

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