I saw this headline, ABA Urges Law Schools to Adopt More Practical Training for Students, on the American Bar Association Journal homepage and it hit home. As a fairly new attorney, close to three years practicing now, it is something I’ve thought about from time to time. Below, a key passage from the short story and then my thoughts on the matter:
“Many new lawyers come out of law school never having drafted a complaint; never having seen a contract; never having interacted with a client, much less an adverse witness,” said former New York State Bar Association President Stephen Younger. However, those same lawyers, in increasing numbers, are hanging their shingles as solo practitioners. “It is a real ticking time-bomb for our profession,” Younger said.