Law Deans Confront a 'New Normal' as Schools Adjust to Job-Market Changes

With applications to law schools in free fall and many of their graduates struggling to find jobs to pay off staggering debts, about 3,000 legal educators gathered here over the weekend to discuss what a panel of law deans referred to as "the new normal."

It's a world where unemployed graduates take to the courts to sue their schools and where structural changes in the job market are forcing schools to revamp their curricula and slash spending.

Participants at the annual