ABA Council Says No to Paid Law Student Externships

, The National Law Journal


A committee updating the American Bar Association's law school accreditation standards in February recommended doing away with the prohibition, but the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has opted to retain the rule.

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What's being said

  • Portia

    This decision is so wrongheaded I don‘t know where to start. It contributes to law students‘ financial misery and insures that only those with affluent parents can "afford" externships. Shame on the selfish law professors who voted against the change. Can‘t they see the profession is being destroyed by their archaic views?

  • Landis Atkinson

    At the very least firms providing externship opportunities should be permitted to pay directly to the law school the cost of the credits earned by externs. Failure to do this incents law students to "break even" on tuition paid by taking fewer elective courses. Surely, the professors do not want this to happen.

  • James R. Maxeiner

    This is another example of the Bar shirking its responsibility for legal education. In other countries, Anglo-American law or civil law, the Bar provides professional training to future lawyers and the future lawyers are paid. In the English-speaking world it is called articling; in the German-speaking world the time is called the internship period, the Referendarzeit. See Maxeiner, James R., Integrating Practical Training and Professional Legal Education: Three Questions for Three Systems (May 25, 2007). IUS Gentium, Vol. 2, 2009. Available in draft at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1232577

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