Yoda, Iowa . . . A New Hope?

New York Law Journal

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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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