Author Archives: Yassi

Reemergence of a Missing Legal Apprentice

It’s been three years since my last blog post, but I have reemerged momentarily to share some good news…I passed the July 2017 California bar exam!!!

Passing the CA bar was a milestone for me personally, but equally so for the legal apprenticeship experiment we’re running here at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Of the four legal apprentices we have on staff, I was the first to complete the Law Office Studies Program and pass the bar exam. As you might imagine, we all breathed a sigh of relief to know that, yes, it really is possible for someone to self-study their way into the legal profession.

I’m not a lawyer yet, because I’m still waiting for my positive moral character determination (essentially a background check). But back in December, the law center held a beautiful ceremony to commemorate my achievement and “initiate” me into a path of community service and lifelong fight for economic and environmental justice.

At the event, I took a ceremonial pledge to:

Resist the destructive nature of profit maximization, racism, and inequality, and work to build economies, communities, and legal systems that foster democracy and nourish people and ecosystems for generations to come.

It was a fitting promise for someone who decided to become a lawyer as an afterthought of doing the work of community economic justice.

Having navigating the long road from legal apprentice to almost-but-not-quite-yet-a-lawyer, I am proud to add further proof that legal apprenticeship not only works, but is a viable way to diversify the legal profession.

P.S. Look for my forthcoming blog post about how to pass the First Year Law Student Exam on your first try. I plan to publish it soon for all of you who plan to take the exam this June.

How to Find a Mentor and Make the Pitch

How to Find a Mentor and Make the Pitch

By Omonigho Oiyemhonlan and Yassi Eskandari-Qajar About three years into SELC’s legal apprenticeship experiment, we’ve heard from dozens of local and online followers that the one thing standing in the way of their apprenticeship is finding a mentoring attorney. We hear you. The seven legal apprentices in our cohort have navigated similar difficulties, and we can… Continue Reading

Read this: How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

Read this: How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

A new Shareable article by Cat Johnson does a great job explaining how and why to become a legal apprentice. My favorite quote (from our very own Chris Tittle) alludes to the powerful impact legal apprenticeships can have on our legal system: “Laws protect those who write and defend them. So, in a country where over 88 percent of lawyers… Continue Reading

Your Questions and Answers About Legal Apprenticeships

Your Questions and Answers About Legal Apprenticeships

At SELC’s first Legal Apprenticeship Teach-In, over thirty participants discussed how legal apprenticeships will change legal education and the legal profession. Law students, law school graduates, attorneys, and prospective legal apprentices asked the SELC apprentices and company about the nitty gritty details, and made for an enriching conversation. In fact, soon after this discussion, one… Continue Reading