Calif. Real-World Training Rules May Spark National Trend

By Gavin Broady (January 9, 2015, 6:09 PM EST) -- As young lawyers continue to face a punishing job market, California is poised to implement a bold set of competency requirements tying bar admission to significant real-world training and pro bono work, a move that many states are likely to follow but that some experts worry will do more harm than good.

The first-of-its-kind initiative, spearheaded by the state bar's task force on admissions regulation reform, is designed to close a perceived gap between law school education and the obligations of real-world practice by requiring either 15 units of law school course work focused on practical skills training or equivalent post-graduate...

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