Caveat Emptor, I am sure you are aware that it did not used to be like this. Gerry Spence, in his book, “With Justice For None,” goes off on U.S. law schools. He mentions that he once took some practice LSATs, after many years of successful practice, to see how well he could do. He mentions that he did so poorly on them, that he crumpled up his practice exams. He went on to have a famed, splendid legal career, without a standardized admittance test to potentially bar him from law school.
Likewise, I had one elderly professor who told the class that when he was applying to law school, he needed to get at a signed statement from at least one attorney who would vouch for his “character” and be willing to hire him upon graduation. There is no such requirement today. All you need to do now is register with LSAC, get a halfway decent score on the LSAT, earn a solid UGPA, and send in your letters of recommendation and your personal essay/resume. The schools don’t care how much debt you take on (or your chances of legal employment) – as long as your loans/scholarship/savings is enough to cover tuition. Once you sign, you are stuck holding all that debt. And the law school takes in another cla$$ of $tudent$.
Wow that sounds so nice, with everything going on now. I have seen another article that states apprenticeship should should be the last year or two of law school.
Someone I know who is will be articling in the UK (he is in the West Indies currently) says they HAVE to do this to pass their bar.
I personally think it's a nice idea since only 1L grades count for anything. I think this model died out because it wasn't allowing access for everyone...black law students, I am sure would have had a harder time back then finding a lawyer to apprentice with, given the laws and attitudes of the old days (some of which still exist).
Has anyone been thinking of working any contacts they have now to line up some kind of work in a sensible stable field before you set food in the law school door and become liable for tuition books and fees?
Also read the rest of the blog post and the comments...
One thing I think that is overlooked though, is that people prefer lawyers who look like them and have similar background. So this is a good time for minorities to be a lawyer precisely because there are not a lot of them. But of course I am not talking about minorities in biglaw since those clients don't care what the lawyer looks like, I'm thinking.
So yeah if we approached law school with an apprenticeship model in mind, how would you propose people get this done? Offer to work for free and therefore know (if accepted) to save up living expenses for the 1L summer from the pre-1L summer's job? Suggestions? Thoughts? Discuss!