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in U.S. law for international students. Five states, including New York and California, allow foreign lawyers who complete a one- year LL.M. at a U.S. law school to sit for their bar examinations. The newest type of law school program on the horizon is the awarding of a bachelor’s degree in law. The University of Arizona is at the forefront in this area. One of the reasons for the drop in JD-required jobs is the fact people with undergraduate degrees can now handle some of the work previously done by lawyers. A bachelor’s degree in law, at least as envisioned by Arizona, consists of applied courses in law in addition to some courses on legal policy and structure. It has courses like legal analysis, legal writing, and research and risk management. This differs from traditional undergraduate legal studies programs that focus heavily on legal theory. In addition to these non-JD programs that already exist, I expect law schools to look to MEDIATION BY RETIRED JUDGES Resolve cases by mediation more effectively and efficiently than through litigation and trial. increase revenue by offering microdegrees. A microdegree, also known as a nanodegree or micromasters, is roughly the same as a certificate. They generally consist of limited course work in a narrow discipline, sometimes as few as one class. The idea is to let the student, who is usually a working professional, get up to speed very quickly in a new area. The microdegree is significantly more intensive than even the most rigorous CLE, but not near long enough to justify a master’s degree. Microdegrees started in the technology field, where they have an established reputation. in the past few years, the business of legal education must also adapt to make sure we can provide our students the education they need. While the attention paid to how we teach has been very valuable, paying close attention to the business of legal education is the only way to make sure we have the revenue we need to offer the variety of experiences needed in the marketplace. The need for people who understand the law has never been higher. Not all of these people need a JD, but they do need the core skills of reach and legal analysis. The future of legal education will be adapting what we have done in the past to make what we know available to the people who can use it in the most economically efficient way possible. As so many other businesses have had to adapt Karen K. Klein US Magistrate Judge, Retired 30 years of judicial experience Successfully mediated thousands of cases Teaches mediation skills to federal judges kklein@kkleinmediation.com 701-715-4629 Mary Muehlen Maring ND Supreme Court Justice, Retired 20 years of litigation experience Almost 18 years judicial experience Mediation training: National Judicial College mmaring@maringmediation.com 701-425-6340 www.kleinmaringmediation.com SPRING 2019 29