I absolutely oppose any apprenticeship requirement. When that is implemented, only children of lawyers will be able to become lawyers.
That's an interesting observation. I usually find myself favoring an apprenticeship/internship requirement, but it certainly would not do to institutionalize legacy-ism in the legal profession. On the other hand, the medical profession does quite well with an internship requirement, and I don't believe there is any particular concern about nepotism there. Could we not copy the medical model?
As to the original question, I would suggest that adding more lawyers would not reduce legal fees one bit. The only result would be more out of work lawyers and more ex-lawyers.