To help young lawyers be better educated, he’s launched ApprenNet, a site that hopes to solve this problem in Philadelphia and elsewhere by directly connecting legal professionals with young lawyers. The site has four employees and is currently searching for beta testers says Okamoto, who sits on the board of Cosi and teaches transactional law at Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law.
The site allows lawyers to participate in an online web-based simulation. When students hit a roadblock, they are immediately connected with a mentor to help the student break through the difficult issue or problem.
Additionally, when the student has completed the simulation, a mentor will be able to comment and correct any errors. Recognizing that lawyers a busy, ApprenNet asked them to give small blocks of time throughout their day, roughly 15 minutes. The hope is to build a strong enough network of mentors that there is always one readily available.
This seems interesting. However, the article reminded me of the unfortunate existence of Drexel Law.