BarcaCrossesTheAlps wrote:PDaddy wrote:I think the ABA should require all law school graduates to give 2-3 years of supervised P.I. service before they can work in firms. Under such a protocol, students could still sit for the bar but complete a required "residency" before being allowed to practice - as is the case with the two-year minimum residency requirement imposed on med school graduates.
For once, people who traditionally lack access to legal representation and the courts would have it, firms would not need to spend as much time training lawyers, and the process would weed out the suckers who don't really want to be lawyers.
Students who choose to work in underserved geographic areas (such as rural Arkansas, Compton or Houston's 3rd Ward) could be given special stipends or bonuses paid by the government upon completion. Veterans, reserves, graduates over the age of 40, and parents and spouses caring for relatives with special needs (i.e. disabled, terminally ill, autistic, etc.) could have their time shortened to one year or, in some cases, be exempt.
+1000. This "fixes" the 'not prepared to practice problem' by financially burdening the group least able to bear it, namely, highly indebted law students, rather than those who could easily bear it, namely, law schools and firms. Under this scheme, firms get to not pay for associate training that they will profit from, and law schools get to continue underpreparing their students for actual practice while charging astronomical tuition, while law students are forced to let their interest accrue and capitalize while eating ramen. No thanks.