Sunday, March 15, 2015
ABA Journal, Following New York's Lead, California Bar Officials Plan to Require Pro Bono Work for Admission:
Following New York’s lead, bar officials in California are in the process of developing a pro bono program for law students who plan to practice in the state.
Like the policy adopted by the New York Court of Appeals, which took effect Jan. 1, the California plan requires 50 pro bono hours. However, the New York requirement must be completed before applying for admission to the bar. In California, young lawyers would be allowed to perform the 50 hours of free legal work either before or after they are admitted.
A State Bar of California web page provides additional details about the plan, which must be approved by the state legislature and the California Supreme Court before it is final, according to the Los Angeles Times.