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Making “Practice Ready” Practice Ready: Arizona’s Attempt to Streamline the Final Process for Admission to the Bar
Phoenix Law Review (2013)
  • Jason Forcier, Phoenix School of Law
Abstract
Beginning with the first of the year, 2013 brings with it a number of rule changes from the Supreme Court of Arizona. Most notably is the change to Rule 34, Application for Admission. The rule change is the result of an initiative from each of the deans of Arizona’s three law schools: Phoenix School of Law, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. The new change will provide many beneficial results: it will allow students to start transitioning from the theory of law to the practice of law; lead to a fundamental change in the structure of the current legal education model; allow students to graduate “practice ready;” ensure a better, more learned, and practiced attorney; provide the public-at-large better trained and better equipped attorneys; and ease the financial burden of new attorneys by allowing employers to hire new attorneys closer to their graduation date. Prior to the rule change, Arizona—like most states—only allowed graduates of law schools to take the state bar exam. However, under Arizona’s new rule change law students in their final semester may now be certified to take the Arizona bar exam, so long as the student meets certain qualifications and is within 120 days of graduation.
Keywords
  • Rules,
  • bar exam,
  • admissions,
  • student,
  • early,
  • practice ready,
  • phoenix,
  • arizona,
  • school of law,
  • phoenix school of law
Publication Date
Spring February 6, 2013
Citation Information
Jason Forcier. "Making “Practice Ready” Practice Ready: Arizona’s Attempt to Streamline the Final Process for Admission to the Bar" Phoenix Law Review Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jason_forcier/2/