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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 navigated 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.

National Lawyers Guild is Now Accepting Applicants for Tuition Free Law Study and Mentorship in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Steven DeCaprio, Association of Legal Apprentices // The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) has expanded their mentorship program to include opportunities for marginalized people to study law under the Law Office Study Program (LOSP), a tuition free alternative to law school. If you are located in the San Francisco Bay… Continue Reading

Amend the California Legal Apprentice Law

‘Tis the season to introduce legislation, so now is the time to plant a suggestion with California lawmakers to do a tune-up on the California Law Office Study Program (LOSP). A key goal of a tune-up is to enable a larger number of attorneys to mentor LOSP apprentices, to meet a growing demand for affordable… Continue Reading

The People Who Don’t Go To Law School, Part 2

The People Who Don’t Go To Law School, Part 2

The American Bar Association should do a study of people who don’t go to law school, so that we may learn about the ways in which our profession is missing out. What are the talents, ideas, life experiences, and perspectives that never make it down the narrow pathway through law school and into the profession?… Continue Reading

The People Who Don’t Go To Law School

The People Who Don’t Go To Law School

It’s striking to learn that only 55,760 people applied to law school this past year, while 83,400 people applied to law school in 2008. It’s also thought provoking, and worth contemplating: Who are the roughly 27,600 people who would have applied to law school this year if application rates had remained steady?  The latest ABA article on application… Continue Reading