This is an article from the ABA News website:
In a move that is expected to improve access to the civil justice system for low-income individuals, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced at a press conference Wednesday a new Court of Appeals rule requiring all law graduates to complete 50 hours of pro bono work before they will be admitted to practice in New York.
It is expected that many will complete the pro bono requirement while they are still law students, according to Reuters. However, the pro bono requirement can also be met after an individual earns his or her law degree.
The pro bono requirement doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2015, so it does not apply to current third-year law students.
What qualifies as pro bono work is broadly defined, the article notes, alleviating concerns by law school deans that the program would be difficult to administer.
A 15-member advisory committee that helped draft the new pro bono rule will also oversee its implementation and evaluate how well it works, the news agency notes.
The New York Law Journal (reg. req.) provides a link to a copy of the new pro bono rule (PDF).
via NY Is First State to Require Law Students to Do Pro Bono Work to Get Licensed After Graduation – News – ABA Journal.
Yesterday, the ABA issued sanctions against the University of Illinois College of Law for intentionally reporting and publishing false admissions data. Specifically, false LSAT scores and incoming student GPA data for the entering classes of 2005, and 2007 to 2011.
The sanctions imposed by the ABA were as follows:
- Public censure, which must be posted prominently on the home page of the University of Illinois College of Law’s website for a period of 2 years,
- The requirement that the University of Illinois College of Law issue a public corrective statement to be distributed to all ABA-approved law schools,
- The requirement that the law school hire a compliance monitor for a period of no less than 2 years,
- Monetary penalty of $250,000 to be paid by Sept. 15, 2012, and
- The termination of a section agreement that allowed the law school to conduct an early-admissions program.
via ABA Legal Education Section Announces Sanctions Against University of Illinois College of Law – ABANow – ABA Media Relations & Communication Services.