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State Bar wants to boost continuing-education requirements for California lawyers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 09, 2015

The State Bar of California wants to increase continuing-education requirements for lawyers. One proposal would boost mandatory training by 44 percent.

It's about time, say some lawyers — because California ranks near the bottom of states that have mandatory requirements. Only Alaska and Hawaii require fewer hours, according the National Committee of Bar Examiners.

California requires active attorneys to take 25 hours of legal education classes every three years. Some states require 45.

“Twenty-five hours is pathetic,” said Julie D’Angelo-Fellmeth, administrative director of the University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law. There’s no requirement that includes a lawyer's field of practice. "An immigration attorney can take a bankruptcy seminar,” she added. “And there are lots of exemptions. I’m exempt because I’m a full-time law professor, but I could represent my brother-in-law in a DUI tomorrow and have no idea what I’m doing.”

Read the whole story at Sacramento Business Journal

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