ABA and State Standards
NY Rule for Admission 520.18 (22 NYCRR 520.18), effective with the entering JD class of fall 2016, requires "certification" by law schools that graduates who are applying to the NY bar have "acquired sufficient competency" in skills and professional values. (I've copied relevant portions of subdivision 1 of the rule below. The four other "pathways" for compliance are more straightforward.) Have any of your schools determined how to carry out the certification process? (1) Law school certification of competence in skills and professional values. (i) An applicant may submit from an American Bar Association-approved law school a certification confirming that: (a) the law school has developed a plan identifying and incorporating into its curriculum the skills and professional values that, in the school’s judgment, are required for its graduates’ basic competence and ethical participation in the legal profession, as required by American Bar Association Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools Standard 302(b), (c) and (d), and has made this plan publicly available on the law school’s website; and (b) the applicant has acquired sufficient competency in those skills and sufficient familiarity with those values. (ii) For purposes of this subdivision, a school may certify that an applicant has attained the required skill level if the graduate received a grade that the school considers sufficient to demonstrate competence in courses the school has designated as teaching the skills and professional values needed for basic competence and ethical participation in the legal profession. (iii) A law school may adopt such other means of assessing its students’ achievement of the required skills for purposes of this subdivision, provided the school receives the prior approval of the Court of Appeals.