Opinion: Legal Profession Needs Apprenticeship System

An apprenticeship system – much like that offered to medical students – would serve the legal profession well, Rutgers School of Law Dean John J. Farmer Jr. writes in a New York Times op-ed piece. Under such a plan, the former New Jersey attorney general said that rather than firms hiring just a few top graduates from a few select schools and paying them exorbitant salaries, more graduates, making a lower hourly rate, would be able to get on-the-job training. Such a system also would lower the cost of hiring a lawyer, he says, making representation easier to obtain and re-energizing the legal market.