Prospects dim for nationalized law student pro bono mandate

Several organizations and legal leaders have asked the committee that is updating the American Bar Association's law school accreditation standards to add a 50-hour pro bono requirement, but that idea got a chilly reception from the committee at its most recent meeting.

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  • Chris

    Congratulations to the law schools that are moving forward with student pro bono. And kudos to the law schools and medical schools that bring students together to deliver interrelated medical-legal safety net services to the nation’s poor. These interprofessional relationships are the most promising and inspiring solutions. Check out these examples from medical school dean Claire Pomeroy at the University of California Davis.

  • Robert A.

    This is why distaste for the profession grows. Doctors, electricians, mechanics, physicists, pharmacists, nurses, police officers, military personal and just about every service sector goes through some form of hands on training prior to full credentialing. The law should be no different and it makes lawyers better lawyers with real world practical experience. Not to mention the marketing potential this experience would have on newly minted lawyers.

    The law has been immune to mass reproduction but as you look at software document providers you start to realize your window of opportunity is closing and before you know it software will occupy a good amount of the legal sector.

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