University of Denver

The Roosevelt-Cardozo Way: The Case for Bar Eligibility After Two Years of Law School

This article was used as part of the "What Structural and Curricular Changes Ensure Law Grads Have the Necessary Core Competencies?" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. It argues that the New York Court of Appeals should revise its rules to allow law students to sit for the bar after only two years of law school. Some of the main points Mr. Estreicher makes are that this would force law schools to focus on teaching practical lawyering skills and would help to cut the cost of law school by a third, which would help better train students to be competent attorneys and likely increase the number of graduates going into public service.