Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We told you last week that the New York State Bar Association had asked the ABA to adopt a resolution at this week's House of Delegates meeting requesting that law schools provide more skills training to law students. On Tuesday the NYSBA got its wish. The resolution seems largely symbolic, though, since the ABA isn't requiring, or even suggesting, specific action on the part of law schools. Perhaps it's the thought that counts.
From the National Law Journal:
Legal education was in the spotlight throughout the two-day meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Aug. 9 and 10 in Toronto.
Delegates approved a series of resolutions pertaining to the financing and curriculum of legal education, although the ABA's legislative body lacks the power to compel law schools to make changes or control over how student loans are administered.
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the delegates approved a resolution introduced by the New York State Bar Association calling for legal educators to produce practice-ready lawyers. The resolution declares that the ABA will "urge legal education providers to implement curricular programs intended to develop practice ready lawyers including, but not limited to, enhanced capstone and clinical courses that include client meetings and court appearances."
The resolution was the outgrowth of task force looking at critical issues in the legal profession, said former New York bar president Stephen Younger.
"Are our young lawyers equipped to go into the legal profession?" he said. "Many of our young lawyers come out of law schools having never drafted a complaint."