Law Schools Must Focus on Access to Justice

Fordham, Stanford and other institutions are working to lessen the legal system's limitations.

Op-Ed (New York)

Jonathan Lippman, Matthew Diller, David Udell
National Law Journal
September 26, 2016

Tags: Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Fordham University School of Law (NY), National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School, Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality


We have arrived at a critical moment where our most fundamental legal ideals are threatened by a profound justice gap. Millions of people — evicted tenants, indigent defendants and immigrant mothers — find themselves buffeted by legal processes that do not assure a meaningful right to be heard, much less representation by competent counsel.

Teaching the next generation of lawyers the values, knowledge and skills needed to deliver on the promise of access to justice is paramount. To do this, Fordham University School of Law and other leading law schools are placing the issue of access to justice at the center of legal education.