Saturday, May 12, 2012

California Bar Considers Requiring Practical Skills Training Prior To Taking the Bar

A state bar task force will soon begin examining whether new attorneys must attain a certain level of hands-on training before being admitted to practice in California. The discussion is still in the early stages, but ideas being kicked around include requiring an internship or mentorship program; a set number of skills-training hours; or a year-long course for 3Ls that covers real-world lawyering skills.

The Task Force on Admissions Regula­tion Reform is scheduled to issue its recommendations in December 2013. Whatever it decides, the repercussions could be major. California's bar is the largest in the nation, so the ripple effects would reach law schools and bar associations outside the state.

Needless to say, leading California law deans are critical.  Here’s the story from the National Law Journal.


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