The upcoming January issue of National Jurist magazine will include a feature story about the Pace Community Law Practice. Jennifer Friedman, director of Pace Law School’s Public Interest Law center and the new executive director of the Practice, was recently interviewed by a reporter for the magazine.
A short preview has already been printed on the National Jurist’s website. Below is an excerpt:
Pace Law School is reacting to the tough job market for public interest attorneys by launching a law practice inside its own doors.
Starting in September 2012, a staff made up of recent Pace Law graduates will provide affordable legal services for people and community groups in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York.
The new program, called Pace Community Law Practice, is being created with a $100,000 donation from David Anthony Pope’s Generoso Pope Foundation, announced Dean Michelle Simon at an annual Leadership Awards Dinner earlier this month.
Many law firms are no longer willing to finance the training of entry-level attorneys, so more students are looking to law schools to give them the practical skills the market needs. Pace’s new program responds to that demand; similar to a medical school residency, a pool of seasoned attorneys will offer Pace’s novice lawyers support and guidance to eventually fly solo and form their own practices.
Depending on how much additional funding is raised, five to seven Pace Law graduates who earned their J.D. degrees the previous spring will work at the new community law practice. The majority of law fellows are expected to practice in such areas as immigration, family and housing law.
Unlike post-graduate fellowship programs at other law schools, Pace’s new law practice will contain a solo practice training component, with seminars on incorporation, malpractice insurance, obtaining and billing clients and setting up a law office.
Check out the January issue of National Jurist for the full story.