The State Bar of California’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform will accept comments on its Final Phase I Report until 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.
The entire report is available online at www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/PublicComment/201307.aspx, but an overview of the proposed recommendations follows:
A competency training requirement fulfilled prior to admission to practice. There would be two routes for fulfillment of this pre-admission competency training requirement: (a) at any time in law school, a candidate for admission must have taken at least 15 units of practice-based, experiential course work that is designed to develop law practice competencies, and (b) in lieu of some or all of the 15 units of practice-based, experiential course work, a candidate for admission may opt to participate in a Bar-approved externship, clerkship or apprenticeship at any time during or following completion of law school.
Pre-admission or post-admission:
An additional competency training requirement, fulfilled either at the pre- or post- admission stage, where 50 hours of legal services is specifically devoted to pro bono or modest means clients. Credit towards those hours would be available for “in-the-field” experience under the supervision and guidance of a licensed practitioner or a judicial officer.
Ten additional hours of mandatory continuing legal education courses for new lawyers, over and above the required MCLE hours for all active members of the Bar, specifically focused on law practice competency training. Alternatively, credit towards these hours would be available for participation in mentoring programs.
Your input on the Final Phase I Report is encouraged and welcomed. Please direct comments to:Teri Greenman Executive offices State Bar of California 180 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94105-1639 Phone: (415)538-2454 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Updates From The State Bar
Proposed rule amendments to Title 2 and Title 3 of the Rules of the State Bar would provide clarification of member requirements, expand specialty requirement definitions, and raise provider standards. Proposed amendments to Rule of Court 9.31 would raise the number of required hours and add a law practice management option as part of the legal ethics requirement. To review the recommendations please go to:
Carol Madeja is the director of Bar Relations Outreach for the State Bar of California