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Quicker route to JD, uniform bar exam on ABA task force agenda; session will be live-streamed

Posted Apr 23, 2013 1:23 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Should law school be shortened with lower credit or time requirements for a JD? Should bar admissions officials offer the bar exam before law school graduation? Or create a unified national licensing system to reduce entry costs for new lawyers? Or create a category of limited-license legal professionals?

Those are among the questions on the agenda (PDF) Wednesday for a “mini conference” sponsored by the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. The task force will live-stream the conference here and post the recording here for later viewing.

Panels will be led by Charlotte School of Law dean Jay Conison, Washington State Bar executive director Paula Littlewood, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law dean David Yellen, according to a press release.

The task force will make recommendations regarding how law schools, the ABA and others can address issues such as rising tuition, high student debt and the poor job market for lawyers.

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