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IX. Evaluation of Pilot PSABE A necessary component of the pilot PSABE is a plan for assessing the success of the pilot and the desirability of continuing and/or expanding the program. We envision the completion of a careful analysis and evaluation of every aspect of the pilot to determine what worked and what did not work. We propose that the pilot be evaluated by an independent organization that could, using a variety of assessment methods, determine how well the PSABE accomplished its goals and make suggestions for modifications. Such an organization would assess the success of the PSABE in completing the evaluations of the applicants as well as the extent to which the applicants provided meaningful service to the Unified Court System. The latter would require surveys of participating judges and court personnel involved in the PSABE. The usefulness of the training of supervisors would be ascertained by reviewing the training materials and assessing their relevance to the work performed by applicants at their placement sites. The various methods used to evaluate applicants would be validated by reviewing a sample of each type of assessment to discover whether assessment criteria were being applied uniformly and fairly. A sample of applicants would be interviewed to measure the extent to which they felt they received fair evaluations and opportunities to apply lawyering skills. Applicants would also be surveyed to provide feedback on the usefulness of supervision and feedback that they received.
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 20 Any evaluation of the PSABE would need to determine the extent to which it is accepted as a credentialing experience by the practicing bar and viewed as an attractive alternative to sitting for the bar exam by those seeking admission to the bar. We also suggest that those admitted to the bar after participating in the PSABE be followed for a period of ten years to determine the impact the PSABE had on their performance as lawyers and their career opportunities as compared to those admitted by taking the bar exam. Finally, there will have to be follow-up evaluation on the pro bono requirement. Conclusion We believe that the pilot PSABE we propose provides a practical alternative method of admission to the New York bar which will fairly assess applicants’ abilities to practice law. At the same time the PSABE will provide meaningful service to the New York Courts , including both the service performed during the evaluation placement, and the 150 hours of pro bono service each successful applicant will have committed to serve in the court system over the three years following admission. JointRPT614
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