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New York to require aspiring lawyers to complete pro bono work

Beginning next year, bar applicants must complete 50 hours of service

While celebrating Law Day yesterday, New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman made a special announcement: Beginning next year, New York will require prospective lawyers to complete mandatory pro bono service.

New York, which is the first state to introduce such a requirement, will mandate that bar applicants complete 50 hours of uncompensated legal work. The new obligation will not only give aspiring lawyers valuable experience, Judge Lippman said, but also it will increase legal representation for the poor by 500,000 hours.

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