New York Times has a helpful article about a few programs that help women and men who take time off from the law to return to the workplace. The article mentions a few programs, such as the one at Pace University Law School in White Plains:
The program, which cost $4,500, is a week of classes from 9 to 5; part-time classes for 10 weeks; and a 150-hour unpaid internship. There were 12 women and one man.
The ABA and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco also run courses for returning lawyers. I think this sounds great. I would also hope that law firms will develop open door policies that allow former employees to return after a hiatus. That too will help both the men and women with small children as well as the hiring/retention costs of the law firm. Win-win situations, right?