Friday, August 1, 2014
New York Times Room for Debate: Do-It-Yourself Lawyers:
- Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine), Going to Law School Is More Important Than Ever: "Although law schools have been subjected to criticism in recent years, some quite deserved, the reality is that they do an excellent job teaching basic skills that all lawyers need to know."
- Linda Sheryl Greene (Wisconsin), Law Schools, Not Apprenticeships, Best Provide for Real World Needs: "Combing experience and instruction gives students an understanding of complex social, economic and ethical issues."
- David Lat (Above the Law), Apprenticeship Should Be an Option Instead of Law School: "It could help spur improvement and innovation within the legal academy and apprentices don’t have the same debt burdens as law school grads."
- Brian Z. Tamanaha (Washington University), A Combination Apprenticeship and Law School: "One year of law school, followed by an apprenticeship set up by the state bar association would make a law degree financially viable."
- Rose Cuison Villazor (UC-Davis) & Gabriel (Jack) Chin (UC-Davis), Law Apprenticeship Raises Serious Concerns: "The success of an apprenticeship model depends on the lawyers who are doing the training."
- ABA Journal, Students Try to Avoid Law School Costs With ‘Reading Law’ Path to Law License
- Above the Law, Law School Dean Thinks Law School Is Important
- Business Insider, There's a Way to Become an Attorney Without Setting Foot in Law School
- Law and More, The Apprentice Route - Practicing Law, Without Law School (But You Still Have to Pass the State Bar)
- Simple Justice, Lawyers Without Law School