More Apprenticeship Attorneys
posted by Gerard Magliocca
One idea for legal education reform that I’ve talked about before and want to repeat is that more states should allow people to take the bar exam without earning a JD. Until the early twentieth century, it was common for lawyers to get their training by serving as an apprentice to a licensed attorney for a period of years. This cannot, of course, fully substitute for law schools. Some people want more academic training or the opportunities available at a school with a broad curriculum. And there are only so many attorneys with the time or inclination to mentor apprentices. Still, why should state law block this path? Everyone has to pass the same bar exam. If a course that would allow students to earn money rather than rack up debt to become lawyers would work for some, then it should be an option.