Sunday, March 2, 2014

Reading Law

Location:   Albany
Year:   1665-present

Although New York is generally a "progressive" State, it maintains some antiquated traditions, especially where its legal system is concerned. 

A person can become an Attorney in New York State if:

(1)   They attend an ABA-accredited law school for three years and pass the Bar Exam; or

(2)   They remain "in residence" at a law school for at least 75 weeks as a full-time student or 135 weeks as a part-time student, and then pass the Bar Exam;  or

(3)   They attend the first year of law school and then "read law" at a New York law firm for three years---this is. work under the supervision of New York State-licensed Attorneys, and then pass the Bar Exam.

The first method is the most common, modern way; the other two methods hearken back to British colonial days, and are rarely used anymore. New York State's Bar Exam is considered one of the toughest in the nation. 

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