Interesting posting today on the Volokh Conspiracy by Ilya Somin of George Mason questioning the wisdom of allowing the ABA to accredit law schools. Among other provocative observations, the author notes
Similarly, the requirement that schools have a variety of expensive, but redundant library resources and other programs that most students do not need (discussed in Prof. Morriss' article linked above) greatly increases the cost of establishing a new law school and thereby further reduces competition.I think this reflects an attitude that is becoming common among our colleagues in legal education. The Morris article linked to in the original posting on Volokh questions the need for print resources in this day and age. More and more, I think we have to reconsider traditional delivery of legal information and measures for evaluating our collections and services. If we appear to be defending the status quo, rather than moving our libraries into the electronic age, I'm afraid we'll be perceived as having forfeited all credibility.
Anyone agree or disagree?