In February 2012, the State Bar Board of Trustees created a Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform. The Task Force examined whether the State Bar should develop a pre-admission competency training program and developed a proposal. After a public comment period, the Board of Trustees adopted the proposal.
You can read the proposal here. It is comprised of three primary recommendations:
- Pre-admission – a competency training requirement to be completed by taking 15 practice-based or experiential units during law school or by completing a Bar-approved externship
- Pre-admission or Post-admission – an additional competency training requirement fulfilled by completing 50 hours of legal services specifically devoted to pro bono or modest means clients
- Post-admission – 10 additional hours of MCLE for new lawyers
A special committee has now been convened to devise a plan for implementing the proposal. The special committee will develop a timeline for implementation which tentatively calls for a phase in of the first post-admission requirement in 2015, the pro bono/modest means requirement in 2016, and the classroom requirements in 2017.
LAAC monitored the development of the Task Force’s recommendations and commends the Task Force for including a requirement of legal services to pro bono or modest means clients. LAAC will continue to monitor the plan throughout implementation.