Iii law school prerequisites to participation and

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III. Law School Prerequisites to Participation and Placement Participation in the PSABE is predicated upon the successful completion of several law school prerequisites. Under the pilot program, a prospective applicant will be required to express a commitment to participate in the PSABE program and complete certain prerequisites prior to graduating from law school. The applicant will be required to successfully complete two prerequisites through law school course work, first a practical requirement: eight credits in experiential courses such as lawyering skills simulation courses, live-client clinical courses, or externship placements; and second, a doctrinal requirement: a four-credit course in New York State civil practice and procedure. Both of these requirements are described in detail below. Our review of the current course offerings in the State's law schools leads us to conclude that few adjustments to the curricula of the State’s schools will be required to allow applicants to meet the coursework prerequisites specified here. The applicant will, of course, be required to complete all other requisite course work and successfully graduate from law school prior to placement in the PSABE program. The Practical Requirement: A Lawyering Skills Course, a Clinical Course or an Externship Placement The practical requirement could be satisfied by participation in one or more experiential course offerings including clinical programs ( e.g. , a clinic involving work with real clients),
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 8 skills/simulation courses ( e.g. , trial advocacy, negotiating, counseling and interviewing, or similar oral skills simulation course), or externship placements ( e.g. , a judicial internship or externship or similar placement, preferably with a state judge, agency, department or government entity). 12 A classroom component would be required in order for these courses to satisfy this prerequisite. 13 Meeting the practical requirement should also enhance the applicants’ interactive and communication skills and provide the applicants with constructive feedback on their research, analysis, writing and interactive skills. In allowing a wide array of courses to satisfy this requirement, it is the hope of the Committees that all students desiring to participate in the PSABE will be encouraged and able to 12 Both Committees note that all of the State’s law schools already offer courses that appear to satisfy this prerequisite. For example, our review of course catalogues and other materials indicates that most State law schools currently offer some form of clinical education program, internship and externship placements and skills courses that could readily fulfill the first prerequisite. See generally Albany Law School 2000-2001 Course Catalogue (listing various fellowships, public policy internships, clinics and field placements, including those with various State agencies or offices within the Executive branch of State government); Brooklyn Law School Course Catalogue
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