A recent article in the New York Times discussed the growing trend of “law firms” developed by law schools across the country that pair students in need of practical experience with low-income clients. Inspired by medical school teaching models, many law schools across the country are beginning to offer programs where future attorneys gain lawyering skills by working with those who cannot afford legal assistance. “It’s a perfect storm,” commented Professor Stacy Caplow, who is the director of Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical Education Program. “The longstanding concerns over access to justice for most Americans and a lack of skills among law graduates are now combined with the problems faced by all law schools. It’s creating conditions for change.”
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