The United States Law Week

Admissions Reform Plan for New Lawyers
Moving Toward Finalization in California

Sept. 24, 2014, 4:00 AM

Following its final meeting Sept. 16 the California State Bar task force that is reviewing practical skills requirements for freshly minted lawyers is preparing a final draft of its recommendations, which will be released for public comment later this month.

The Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform proposal would require pre-admission competency training, a 50-hour pro-bono or low-bono requirement and enhanced post-admission practical skills training, with an additional 10 hours of mandatory continuing legal education for new lawyers. See 29 Law. Man. Prof. Conduct 373.

The plan is that after a 45-day comment period the proposal will go to the bar’s Board of Trustees...

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