Is law school too long? President Obama thinks so.
I agree. I spelled out my reasoning in an essay I once did for de novo: "Complications Mar The Law School Birthing Process." Here's a quote--
A more radical solution would be to change the nature of the third year of law school altogether. Don’t many already consider it wasted? Turn the third year into an opportunity for a yearlong apprenticeship with actual lawyers under the umbrella of the law schools; the law schools would function in the role of ombudsman, facilitating the communication between the law students and their firms. (A few states offer avenues to legal practice through apprenticeships, but not always under the tutelage of law schools.)
If you're interested in the debate, you're welcome to read the whole thing . . .