Wednesday, October 29, 2014
California Bar soliciting public comment on new competency skills training requirements for law students/grads
You can find the Report of the Task Force of the California Bar on Admissions Regulation Reforms here (setting forth the proposal which includes enhanced skills training during law school, a 50 hour mandatory pro bono requirement, and post-bar admission competency training). Comments on the proposed requirements are due November 3, 2014 via the State Bar of California website. The California Bar Journal provides more details:
The Board of Trustees is seeking public comment on a draft plan to implement new competency skills training requirements aimed at better preparing lawyers for the profession.
The proposal calls for:
- 15 units of practice-based experiential training during law school/apprenticeship option
- 50 hours of pro bono/reduced fee legal services
- 10 hours of additional competency training MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) in the first year of admission
The plan was developed by the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform Phase II, a 30-member panel chaired by former State Bar President Jon B. Streeter and comprised of attorneys, judges, academics and pro bono directors. Since December, the group has held eight public hearings and sought input from interested parties.
“This is a major milestone for this task force,” State Bar President Craig Holden said after the board’s executive committee authorized the public comment Sept. 29. “I look forward to getting the public’s input on this.”
Comments are due Nov. 3 and may be submitted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Teri Greenman, Executive Offices, The State Bar of California, 845 S. Figueroa St., 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
The board is expected to take up the issue at its next meeting, Nov. 6-7 in San Francisco.
The bar first began moving toward requiring more practical skills training for admission to the bar in February 2012, when the board created the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform Phase I, also chaired by Streeter.