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New York law school officials dubious about impact of state pro bono rule

New rule requiring bar applicants to complete 50 hours of service might not benefit the “justice gap”

New York’s new mandatory pro bono requirement may not pack as big of a punch as intended, law school officials in the state say.

In May, New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that beginning in 2013, New York would become the first state to require bar applicants to complete mandatory pro bono service. Under the rule, prospective lawyers must complete 50 hours of uncompensated legal work. The rule aims to bridge the so-called “justice gap” by increasing legal representation for the poor by 500,000 hours, according to Lippman.

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