Deans Want Bar Exam Waiver For Law School Profs
As an example, the law school deans wrote in the memo, "a faculty member admitted in New York or any other reciprocal jurisdiction, who has taught at a Connecticut law school for six or more years … is ineligible for admission without examination."
The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee, which regulates licensing admission to practice law in the states, has scheduled the matter for a special meeting on Dec. 6.
After that meeting, the committee will submit its recommendations to the Rules Committee of the Superior Court.
Fisher said he is hopeful the rule, which would also allow the law professors to serve as consultants to private law firms, will be changed sometime next year.
He indicated that while some Connecticut lawyers might be concerned that admitting faculty members and clinicians without examination could increase competition and "negatively impact lawyers in the state at a time when the business environment for many is already challenging," such concerns are unwarranted.
Experiential teaching programs and clinics, Fisher said, handle a small volume of cases each year and focus on providing legal services for indigent parties. In that way, Fisher said, they are "rarely, if ever, in competition with the private bar."•