Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the Iowa Supreme Court is considering it. Jacob Gershman writes:
To be a lawyer, you need a license. But there are exceptions to the rule.
Iowa is considering a proposal that would allow law students and recent graduates who haven’t passed the bar to practice law under special circumstances.
The Iowa Supreme Court is seeking comment on the plan, which has two main parts. One change would let a graduate of a “reputable law school” who has applied to take the bar to practice under supervision on behalf of the state attorney general’s office, a county attorney’s office, a public defender or an approved legal aid group.
The new rules, if approved, would also make it clear that law students who have completed at least three semesters may represent clients in quasi-judicial administrative hearings without having a licensed attorney present.
The proposed changes are backed by Iowa Legal Aid, which says it’s understaffed and thinks the rule changes could help it serve more needy clients. Responses to the plan are due in March.