New York State’s Top Judge Permits Early Bar Exam in Exchange for Pro Bono Work -

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In an effort to bolster the number of lawyers for the poor, New York State’s top judge has cleared the way for law students to take the bar exam early in return for devoting their last semester to pro bono work.

The decision by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to let third-year law students sit for the bar exam in February in return for public service would create a new pool of lawyers for the indigent, and has the potential to change education across the country, experts on law education said.