The Next Generation of Lawyers: The Growth of Mexican Legal Education. Luis Fernando Pérez Hurtado JSD Candidate, Stanford Law School Global Legal Skills Conference III February 2008. Growth of Legal Education. The number of law schools in Mexico has risen dramatically:
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Luis Fernando Pérez Hurtado
JSD Candidate, Stanford Law School
Global Legal Skills Conference III
The number of law schools in Mexico has risen dramatically:
to 930 in 2006-2007.
The number of law schools has rapidly increased because:
Academic earnings: Most professors responded that these earnings are low or insignificant compared to their general professional income
Comparing them in 1997-98 and 2006-2007:
Number of law schools increased 156% vs. enrollment 41%
1. Situation of injustice
2. Influence of relatives or friends
3. Professional contact with practice
4. Academic contact with law courses
Multiple and combinable reasons to study law
1. Content of curriculum
2. Social impact
3. Legal practice (including diverse places and areas)
4. Personal benefits
The number of institutions and the enrollment in legal education have increased mainly because of the expansion of higher education. The law degree has been an easy and inexpensive option to be offered by new institutions. It also has been an attractive option for prospective students because of previous contact with law and the multiple benefits they can obtain form a law degree.