Yoda, Iowa . . . A New Hope?

New York Law Journal


Iowa's new state bar plan of pairing solo practitioners with law students they can mentor made nationwide news recently. The media angle depicted the program as a sort of expose on what happens to those who can't land that dream big-firm job. But the truth is that even in the Big Apple, most lawyers are either solos or work at small firms.

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  • Daniel Kalish

    Many law schools are as the article suggested, vocational. Other schools are national schools, designed for lawyers who shape the law over the next few decades. I know, because I studied at both. My home school was Boston College. I learned about trends and directions the law might take. I studied my third year as a visiting student at Brooklyn Law School, a more vocational school. The emphasis at Brooklyn Law School was "this is the law in New York now."

    A lawyer who had studied at a vocational law school would be somewhat prepared to practice immediately upon admission to the bar. He or she would have a network of contacts and would know the ropes. A lawyer who had studied at a national law school would be better suited for broad policy questions, but would not be as well equipped for the day-to-day practice of law.

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