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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Research: New York State Legal Ethics Developments

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New York State Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Admission

On May 1, 2012, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that starting next year prospective lawyers will be required to complete 50 hours of Pro Bono work to sit for the New York State Bar. 

"Beginning in January 2013, a new rule affecting bar admission in New York will be in effect. All candidates seeking admission after January 1, 2015, with the exception of admission on motion candidates, will need to file documentation showing that they have completed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work, as required by Rule 520.16 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals." The New York State Board of Law Examiners

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