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What if law schools opened their own law firms?

Here’s a great idea. Freshly minted law graduates are unable to find jobs because they lack real “experience.” Generally they have to serve in some lesser capacity to gain that experience before being considered ready to practice.

Brooklyn Law School Professor Bradley Borden and University of Maryland School of Law Professor Robert Rhee have proposed a way for those students to get ahead and be more marketable. The two have written an article for the South Carolina Law Review titled, “The Law School Firm.” That’s right, have law schools create their own law offices, work for clients and employ the students.

The National Law Journal has a great overview of the proposal. I think this idea could apply to a lot of professional schools as well: Commercial art schools, industrial training schools, agricultural schools. Heck, medical schools have been doing this for years — why not other occupations?

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