ABA Rejects Academic Credit for Paid Externships

paid externshipsThe governing council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar rejected a proposal yet again to remove the current ban that denies law students the opportunity to receive academic credit for paid externships.

If this ban were to have been lifted, a rule would have been put into effect that gives law schools the ability to decide whether or not a student should be allowed to receive credit for an externship experience on a case-by-case basis, pending the school could demonstrate it had control of the student’s educational experience.

Though this change may not have been amended, several other provisions were made when the council met in Chicago last Friday.

At the meeting, the council followed through with the elimination of a rule that allowed law schools to admit up to 10 percent of their entering classes with students who had not taken the LSAT, as well as, make revisions in the way law schools classify school-funded positions as well.

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