Thursday, March 7, 2013

To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms -

Because these "low bono" law school operated "law firms" are neither law school clinics for the poor nor public interest firms the question arises in New Jersey whether a law school can own and operate such a firm which charges sub-market rates.   Rutgers Dean John J. Farmer in a recent op-ed article in the Times called for such "apprenticeships".  But law firm names in New Jersey must bear the names of the partners, [RPC 7.5] or be legal assistance or public interest law firms. [Rule 1:21-1(e)] These law school-based firms are neither fish nor fowl.
To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms - by Ethan Bronner
TEMPE, Ariz. — When Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of the law school at Arizona State University, was visiting the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota a couple of years ago he mentioned the shifting job market for his students — far fewer offers and a new demand for graduates already able to draft documents and interact with clients.The Mayo dean responded that his medical students and graduates gained clinical experience in hospital rounds closely supervised by attending physicians.“I realized that was what we needed,” Mr. Sylvester recalled. “A teaching hospital for law school graduates.”....
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