States consider apprenticeship programs for lawyers

In an effort to address lawyer shortage and case backlogs, Maine becomes another state to consider allowing candidates to take the bar exam after an apprenticeship program rather than formal law school. The bill under consideration would allow applicants to study for two years under an experienced attorney and then take the bar exam. Currently, California, Virginia, Washington, and Vermont have lawyer apprenticeship programs. North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Georgia are currently consdiering alternate licensure paths for lawyers.

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