CA Law License Might Carry a New Requirement

Via the ABA Journal:

A passing grade on the bar exam wouldn’t be enough proof of legal competency in California under a proposal approved on Tuesday by a state bar task force.

To get a law license in the state, would-be lawyers would have to complete 15 units of skills courses or externships in law school. They would have to provide 50 hours of legal services for pro bono or modest-means clients either before or after admission. And they would have to take 10 hours of continuing legal education after admission that focuses on competency skills. The Daily Journal (sub. req.) covers the proposal, which was announced in a press release.

According to the Daily Journal, several states impose skills requirements on new lawyers, but the California proposal is the most far-reaching. In an interview with the publication, task force chairman Jon Streeter said that “people all across the country are watching what we’re doing here.” He mentioned a comment by a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis that his group’s work will “have a national impact on law schools … and ultimately the quality of law practice across the country.”

The recommendations were made by the State Bar of California’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform and still must be approved by the bar’s Board of Trustees and possibly the California Supreme Court, according to the press release.


This would provide valuable experience for would-be lawyers that go beyond the theoretical teachings within the classroom.

Here at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, we currently provide students with the opportunity to earn credits from their internships via Independent Study. This allows students to receive practical legal training under the supervision of a judge or an attorney. Our faculty is made up of practicing lawyers and judges who teach in their field. You not only learn from experienced practitioners, but you also start the foundations of networking within the legal community.

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