University of Denver

State Bar of California Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform: Phase I Final Report

This document was used as part of the "How Can Law School Accreditation and Bar Admissions Standards Facilitate Innovation in Legal Education?" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. Published by The State Bar of California's Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform, this paper recommends changes, in the form of competency training requirements, for both pre-admission and post-admission legal professionals. The main recommendation of the report is to require the equivalent of 15 credit hours of practice-based experiential course work or externship experience for every bar applicant in the state of California. The report also recommends 10 additional hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses for new lawyers, specifically focused on law practice competency training.