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Friday, November 15, 2013

NYC Bar: Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century

NYC Bar 2New York City Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession, Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century:

Following more than a year of analysis, the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession today released a report recommending fundamental changes in education and career focus for new lawyers.

In its report, the Task Force—comprised of eight law school deans, the managing partners of law firms large and small, two of the City’s District Attorneys, the New York City Corporation Counsel, the leaders of The Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC, five general counsels of large companies, and career services professionals—urges a stronger effort to match the perceived oversupply of lawyers with the unmet legal needs of the middle class, identifies “impediments to innovation” in the legal industry, and announces the launch of four pilot programs to help prepare new lawyers for a changing legal landscape:

The City Bar New Lawyer Institute. A City Bar-run New Lawyer Institute to introduce all new lawyers beginning their careers in New York City to the broader legal community and to provide them access to high-quality training and career support in the early years of practice.

“Bridge-to-Practice” Programs. New and expanded partnerships with major employers, who will work with the City Bar to develop pilot programs to provide training and employment opportunities for law students and new lawyers.

Reviewing the Bar Exam. A City Bar working group to report within a year on potential changes to the way New York State tests the qualifications of those seeking to be licensed to practice law in the state.

A New Law Firm for People of Moderate Means. A new entity, subject to funding, that will develop and pilot a commercially sustainable business model to enable new lawyers to address the unmet civil legal needs of the middle class while developing their own sustainable professional practices.

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