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Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2013

New York Bar Group Develops Alternatives to 'Big Law' Jobs

With thousands of debt-laden new lawyers entering the market at a time when plum jobs at big firms are in short supply, the influential New York City Bar Association is trying out some alternatives. They include placing novice lawyers in apprenticeships with big banks and other employers, and starting up a law firm that will test whether young attorneys can make a decent living helping people who can't afford market-rate legal bills. What's needed to address fundamental shifts in the legal profession is more hands-on training—both during and after law school—according to a report to be published Thursday by a task force formed by the bar group.

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