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California’s proposed practical skills requirement

Monday, July 08, 2013

California State Bar’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform has unanimously approved a draft proposal of new practical skills requirement for admission to the State Bar.

Under the proposal, new attorneys would have to complete several levels of training that would offer them real-life skills to work as a lawyer, such as negotiating, counseling and problem-solving with clients, budgeting and managing a practice.

Commenting on the proposal, State Bar President Patrick M. Kelly stated: “We want to better prepare lawyers to face the challenges and reach the potential that brought them into law school in the first place.”

 

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