Friday, June 14, 2013
State Bar of California, Task Force Recommends Practical Skills Training, Pro Bono for New Lawyers:
The State Bar Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform today recommended new competency skills training requirements for newly admitted lawyers that are designed to improve their readiness to practice law.
The draft proposal, which requires the approval of the State Bar Board of Trustees and possibly the California Supreme Court before adoption, calls for:
- 15 units of competency skills training during law school
- 50 hours of legal services devoted to pro bono or modest means clients, either pre- or post-admission
- 10 extra hours of post-admission Minimum Continuing Legal Education, specifically focused on competency skills training
The 22-member task force – comprised of academics, lawyers, judges and others – finalized the report today after holding eight public hearings in Los Angeles and San Francisco over the past year.
- ABA Journal, Want a California Law License? You Should Take 15 Units of Law-School Skills Training, Panel Says
- National Law Journal, Largest State Poised to Require Practical Skills Training