Thursday, May 16, 2013
Stephen Gillers (NYU), The Two-Year Law Degree: Undesirable but Perhaps Unavoidable, 2013 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol'y Quorum 4:
Professor Stephen Gillers responds to Professor Estreicher’s proposal for a two-year law degree that will qualify a graduate to take the bar examination [The Roosevelt-Cardozo Way: The Case for Bar Eligibility After Two Years of Law School, 15
N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol'y 599 (2012)]. Professor Gillers states that while two years of law school may be sufficient to practice many types of legal work, it will put two-year graduates at a professional disadvantage. The lower knowledge base of two-year graduates will make them less attractive candidates in an already tight job mar-ket. Furthermore, even if New York allows a two-year degree to qualify for the bar exam, it will limit two-year graduates to practicing in New York only, as reciprocity from other states is not expected.