Details of the new 50-hour pro bono requirement for applicants to the New York bar were unveiled yesterday by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.
Specifics of the program announced in May were eagerly awaited by law schools, public interest groups, bar associations and other members of the bar. They were announced by Lippman at a press conference at New York University School of Law.
The first-in-the-nation requirement will take effect immediately for first- and second-year law students, who will have up to 34 months to fulfill the mandate. Current third-years are exempt.
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- New York Makes History By Forcing Its Aspiring Lawyers To Work For Free(businessinsider.com)
- Law school deans express concern about New York rule requiring grads to log 50 hours pro bono work before admission (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- NY’s Bar Exam Pro Bono Rule Frustrating Out of State Schools(jdjournal.com)
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