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5 Ways to Make Learning a Festive Affair

5 Ways to Make Learning a Festive Affair

One of the things I love about having apprentices is that it encourages us to cultivate a lively learning environment in everything we do. We’ve made short videos about a couple of the fun + educational things we do at the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

One of those is our monthly Research Explosion Day (RED), when SELC staff and volunteers divvy up a list of bite-size research questions on a common topic. It’s more fun than it sounds, so I tried to sum it up in a four-minute video from our recent Securities Law RED:

Also, our three-times-per-month Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides a rich learning environment for apprentices and seasoned attorneys, alike. At each Legal Cafe, we advise between three and six clients on a range of transactional legal issues. Here’s a 48 second video explaining what happens at Legal Cafes:

Aside from REDs and Legal Cafes, we have our twice-per-week discussion on bar exam topics, which I am surprised to find rather enjoyable. We have done improv acting of contracts transactions, read about and discussed cases, outlined and discussed essay question on a white board, and generally had some stimulating conversation on what I otherwise expected to be boring bar topics.

At various times, we’ve also had Bylaws Parties where a group of us works on different sections of  Bylaws at the same time, and Writing and Editing Explosion Day (because it made us giggle to call it “WEED”) to work together for a day on a list of food policy recommendations.

Something tells me that if I didn’t have apprentices, we wouldn’t be as apt to turn everything into a learning party. It’s just another way that the fun never ends when you have apprentices.

Abraham Oatfield

Legal Apprenticeships & Social Change

Legal Apprenticeships & Social Change

An interview with Gary Blasi If you visit Echo Park today, you’ll find a radically different community than the one Gary Blasi lived in when he started his journey as a legal apprentice. The hipsters, mod cafes, and steady progress of displacement through gentrification hadn’t arrived. Rents were still affordable and families could live on… Continue Reading

Lock Your Car or Someone Might Give You a Law Textbook

Lock Your Car or Someone Might Give You a Law Textbook

Future apprentices, take note: There is no shortage of law students and recent graduates who would be pleased to give you their textbooks and study guides. I asked some law student to forward my email requesting book donations, and SELC’s apprentices now have enough to fill the trunk and backseat of a medium sedan. We got some… Continue Reading

Ready? Get set! STUDY! Our Curriculum for the FYLSE

Ready? Get set! STUDY! Our Curriculum for the FYLSE

By Thea Chhun, Legal Apprentice  I’ve always loved and dreaded deadlines.  For us apprentices, we become eligible to take the First Year Law Student’s Exam (affectionately known as the Baby Bar) a year into the program.  So having that oh so far away FYLSE a year away made for a more…flexible… schedule.   We could play around… Continue Reading

Mix and Match Your Custom Legal Education

Mix and Match Your Custom Legal Education

Today, President Obama made the bold suggestion that, in order to make legal education more affordable, law school could be reduced to two years, possibly followed by a year of apprenticeship or internship.  If they haven’t started discussing the idea already, I imagine that every state bar association and law school in the country is… Continue Reading

The Apprentices Have a Torts Exam

The Apprentices Have a Torts Exam

At the moment, three apprentices, one aspiring apprentice, and two law students are taking a 17-question torts multiple choice exam. This is part of the requirement that CA participants in the Law Office Study Program take a monthly exam, administered by the supervising attorney.  The law students and aspiring apprentice are taking the exam for… Continue Reading

This. Is. [NOT.] Jeopardy. Thoughts On How to Write an Apprentice Exam

Thoughts On How to Write an Apprentice Exam

One of the responsibilities of an attorney supervising legal apprentices in California is to administer an exam to apprentices once per month. When I sat down to write the first apprentice exam, it suddenly hit me that I had no idea what I was doing. “Pretend you are a Jeopardy contestant,” I told myself, “start… Continue Reading