Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Minnesota Relaxes Admission For Non-Accredited Grads

The Minnesota StarTribune has this report on bar admission changes in Minnesota:

Last week the Minnesota Supreme Court made it easier for prospective Minnesota lawyers to attend the law school of their choice yet still get a shot at practicing here at home.

A June 27 ruling ended a long-standing state requirement that anyone seeking to become a licensed attorney in Minnesota by taking the state's bar exam had to graduate from one of 200 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. Under the new ruling, a graduate of a non-accredited school may now take the bar exam as long as the person has been admitted to practice in another state.

Minnesota has four ABA-accredited law schools: University of Minnesota, Hamline University, St. Thomas University and William Mitchell College of Law. But Oak Brook College of Law in California, a Christian correspondence law school attended by Valarie Wallin of Pequot Lakes and Micah Stanley of Trimont, is one of 42 nationwide that is not accredited. While living in Minnesota, both took online courses at Oak Brook, graduated and passed the California bar exam. But because of the rule, they couldn't sit for the Minnesota exam.

The amendments are linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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