I've written a short piece outlining steps that might make law school more useful to students and which might also prove palatable to faculties empowered to decide on such steps. The piece includes modest recommendations, such as teaching issue spotting only and always in conjunction with prioritization, and slightly more unconventional steps, such as making factual as well as legal research central to information training law schools provide.
The piece also argues that one traditional division of labor--schools teach students how to think and firms teach practice--presumes a practice structure that is much less common than it used to be. Many students spend their early years working intermittently for different firms and practitioners without the continuity of employment that may provide repeated interactions and feedback congenial to learning. The piece argues that schools should attend to post-graduate needs of such students and suggests ways schools might do so.
The paper is available here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2181793&download=yes