Fate of the Jedi
A Padawan, Padawan learner, Jedi Apprentice in Basic, or Jedi in Training, referred to a Force-sensitive adolescent who had begun one-on-one instruction with a Jedi Knight or Master outside of the Jedi academy. Having passed the Initiate Trials and ascended in rank from an Initiate, Padawans were given more responsibilities within the Jedi Order but were subject to the demands of their masters.
Following the defeat of the Sith during the Galactic Civil War, Jedi descendant Luke Skywalker rebuilt the Order using the basic techniques taught him by the ancient Grand Master Yoda. Not knowing the Order’s old regulations, Skywalker erected a Praxeum on Yavin 4, and gathered any Force-sensitive he could find, not discriminating by age.
As he built up his Order and gathered more records of the Order from the ruins of the Chu’unthor on Dathomir and recovered holocrons and Temple guidebooks, Skywalker began to mirror the Old Order’s ways and teachings.
Due to the small number of Jedi Knights, Luke Skywalker loosened the restrictions on the number of apprentices a Jedi could train at once. Simultaneously training his nephews Jacen and Anakin Solo, Skywalker saw this technique produce many fine students, but also saw that it took a toll on some of the older students.As the main instructor of several dozen students, Skywalker could not devote as much individual attention to his apprentices, and two succumbed to the pull of the dark side.
As the Order grew in size, the restrictions began to be reinforced by the reformed High Council. While the term wasn’t used Order wide until sometime after the Second Galactic Civil War, the Jedi Trials were once more part of a Jedi’s path to Knighthood.