State bar wants to call the tune

California weighs law schools skills mandate.

, The National Law Journal

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The State Bar of California is mulling whether to impose a practical skills training requirement on lawyers applying for admission — a move some legal academics say is unnecessary and could stifle innovation.

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  • Stephen P. Gallagher

    I have to agree with Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer, when he says that many law schools have been moving to add clinics and other skills-based courses. I still like the idea of state bar associations working with state courts to develop practical skills training requirement on lawyers applying for admission. Somebody has to start doing this. The public trust requires a level of competence from everyone who has a license to practice law. Much to think about here.

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