California Bar Considering Practical Skills Mandate for New Lawyers

The California bar’s task force is set to issue recommendations in December 2013 regarding whether to impose a practical skills training requirement on lawyers applying for admission.  Whether the country’s largest bar decides to adopt hands-on experience requirements for admission will undoubtedly have great implications for other states’ law schools.

There is pushback, however, even from those who support practical skills training.  “I don’t like the idea of the state bar saying, ‘This is what you should be teaching…’ Law schools should decide what they teach. Not the bar,” said Erwin Chemerinsky.

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