EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 46: Conversation with Neil Fulton
EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts
Digital Commons at St. Mary's University
Enjoy this conversation with Neil Fulton, a "South Dakota" kid who was selected by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to serve as a federal public defender for North Dakota and South Dakota. Dean Fulton now leads the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, the state school in a rural state whose graduates benefit from the second-lowest debt load in the country. USD prides itself on attracting and educating students who seek to excel, serve and lead, and the focus on servant leadership means that many of the positions in government include alumni from the law school. The education offered now includes legal writing requirements every year, starting with a 1L practicum to complement the criminal law class, and prepares graduates to serve as generalists, so they are suited for a small town or solo practice, or anything else they seek to do in the private sector or through public interest. Dean Fulton discusses the deep, personal connection that students in their 80-person classes develop with the faculty who relish the engagement with, and mentorship of, their students. Finally, Dean Fulton shares his predictions for the future of legal education, and the hope that law schools become less homogenous, and more reflective of their geographic location and community legal needs, and their own identity as institutions.
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