Monday, March 17, 2014
The ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar met in San Diego last weekend. The Council rejected both alternatives 1 and 2 to Standard 405 , and it decided not to send out any further proposed changes to this standard for review and comment. This means that tenure and security of position rules will remain the same as they currently are.
The Council voted in favor of adding 6 credit hours of experiential learning to Standard 303. While it is disappointing that they didn't adopt the 15 hour proposal of CLEA, this change, along with the California Bar's vote last fall to require 15 hours of experiential credits, is a major move forward in legal education reform. I expect to hear more from state bars over the next few months.
(Scott Fruehwald) (hat tip: Mary-Beth Moylan)