Monday, December 9, 2013

Comparison Between the ABA Task Force Report and the Illinois State Bar Association Report

Outside the Law School Scam has an excellent comparison between the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education Report and the Illinois State Bar Association Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services Report here.

As I have said before, it will be the state bars that bring about change.  When a bar of a large state requires that law school graduates have significant experiential education to sit for the bar, then law schools will have to offer that experiential education.  Law schools need to be prepared for this because it will happen soon.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S. Hint: the name of the state begins with a C.

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The other possibility, in addition to increased Ex-Ed requirements pre-admission (by examination, presumably) is to also have a defined period of "residency" before taking the oath to practice law - somehow formalizing clerkships but in more concrete ways, perhaps allowing them to practice in civil aid or local legal community aid organizations before practicing. I think a combination of increased Ex-Ed focus in law school as well as conditional pro bono commitment before licensure (and continuing throughout) will be what happens - and yes, the bar authorities are in a key position to make these things happen!

Posted by: Greg Bordelon | Dec 10, 2013 11:42:49 AM

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