Clock's Ticking on ABA Pro Bono Requirement

, The National Law Journal


The American Bar Association has an opportunity to provide national leadership on law student pro bono programs.

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  • Stevelaudig

    Under what theory of involuntary servitude does this come? One thing the ABA could do is have a mandatory malpractice insurance drive to have supreme courts require all lawyers to either have insurance or self insure or disclose to clients that they aren't insured. that would prevent far more suffering than this 50 hours is intended to relieve.

  • legaltruth

    This requirement is absurd. There is an ever increasing decline in law school applications. This requirement would increase the uncertainty of individuals being able to qualify to practice law. Thus it will naturally lead to further decreases in application rates. As we have already seen it is the brightest students choosing not to enter law school and these would likely lead to further decimate the intellect pool.

    Don't attorneys understand even the basics of economics. Higher cost reduces a purchases. Not just price, but cost. Tuition, time, and testing or additional requirements are all costs that the law students will have to bear. If you increase any of those the number of students will fall.

    As there is a decline in those entering the profession it causes a scarcity, or under supply, in the market and prices will likely go up or remain just as high. So how is this supposed to help the access to justice problem. Indentured servitude rarely encourages one to provide further services for free.

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