Some Quick Fixes
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As legal education incorporates more clinical offerings into the three-year JD curriculum, it becomes more like the training of other professionals. But this isn’t enough. Other professionals also are expected to serve post-graduation apprenticeships before they are deemed fully prepared to practice and so licensed to do so. Building an apprenticeship model into post-graduation legal training is a step toward redressing what are inaccurately perceived as shortfalls of legal education. Another step would be moving away from the current one-size-fits-all JD to include alternatives that involve less lengthy and intensive training and certification for specific legal tasks.