Elsewhere online
March 08, 2013

Law Schools Open Nonprofit Firms to Ease Lawyer Glut

A dozen law schools nationwide are creating community-based firms or working with legal-aid entities to create job opportunities for students graduating into a down legal job market, writes The New York Times.

Efforts such as Arizona State's new nonprofit law firm aim to address twin crises in the field: fewer jobs for newly minted lawyers after a decades-long boom in the profession and the growing number of Americans who can no longer afford legal help.

Schools are also eying a University of California pilot program called Lawyers for America—echoing the name of nonprofit teacher-placement group Teach for America—that places students in job-training programs with public defenders' offices. The incoming president of the American Bar Association, James R. Silkenat, has put a priority on building a "legal job corps" to match lawyers who need jobs with low- and moderate-income clients.