“It is well understood that law schools do a terrible job at training law students to be practicing attorneys. Indeed, many law schools have absolutely no practical component, and merely teach students how to read cases, digest points of law, and write law school exams. Most law students do not learn the “nuts and bolts” of being an attorney until they study for the bar. However, even the bar review process doesn’t teach lawyers how to be practicing attorneys. In fact, now that many states have transitioned to the Uniform Bar Examination, most bar candidates don’t even learn rules related to the specific states in which they intend to practice.
The medical profession, however, does a much better job at training future practitioners. Unlike most law schools, medical schools have a vital practical component, so that future doctors can gain hands-on experience practicing medicine. In addition, doctors typically complete residencies and fellowships after graduating to further learn practical skills. The legal field can learn a lot from the medical profession in how we train future lawyers so that graduating law students are better equipped to practice law.”