Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (TFARR)

Phase II Implementation

In February 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (“Task Force”). The Phase I charge of the Task Force was to examine whether the State Bar should develop a regulatory requirement for a pre-admission competency training program and if so, propose such a program to the Supreme Court. The Task Force concluded that:

“… In our view, a new set of training requirements focusing on competency and professionalism should be adopted in California in order to better prepare new lawyers for successful transition into law practice, and many of these new requirements ought to take effect pre-admission, prior to the granting of a law license.”

On July 18, 2013, the Board Committee on Regulation, Admissions & Discipline Oversight Committee approved a 45-day public comment period for the Task Force Phase I Final Report and Recommendations.

On Oct. 12, 2013, following the public comment period, the Board of Trustees adopted the Phase I Final Proposals for a Competency Training Requirement.

Additionally, the Board of Trustees authorized the creation of a special committee to devise an implementation plan for the Phase I Final proposals.

Read about the task force's original work: Phase I work of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform

Charge of the Implementation Committee

1. Develop an action plan for implementing the three Phase I Final proposals of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform:

  • Pre-admission: A competency training requirement fulfilled prior to admission to practice. There would be two routes for fulfillment of this pre-admission competency training requirement: (a) at any time in law school, a candidate for admission must have taken at least 15 units of practice-based, experiential course work that is designed to develop law practice competencies, and (b) in lieu of some or all of the 15 units of practice-based, experiential course work, a candidate for admission may opt to participate in a Bar-approved externship, clerkship or apprenticeship at any time during or following completion of law school;
  • Pre-admission or post-admission: An additional competency training requirement, fulfilled either at the pre- or post- admission stage, where 50 hours of legal services is specifically devoted to pro bono or modest means clients. Credit towards those hours would be available for “in-the-field” experience under the supervision and guidance of a licensed practitioner or a judicial officer; and,
  • Post-admission: 10 additional hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) courses for new lawyers, over and above the required MCLE hours for all active members of the Bar, specifically focused on law practice competency training. Alternatively, credit towards these hours would be available for participation in mentoring programs.”

2. Develop a timeline for implementation to include a tentative phase in of first the post-admission requirement in 2015, the pro bono/modest means requirement in 2016, and the classroom requirements in 2017.

Development of the action plan and timeline should include a series of public hearings and a schedule for official public comment; presentation of the final action plan and timeline to the Board Committee on Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Oversight and the Board of Trustees; and, if necessary, legislation and/or rule approval.

List of Materials

Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (Phase II: Implementation) Membership Roster

Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform: Phase I Final Report (as approved 6/11/13)

 Public Comment Received on the Phase I Final Report (10/9/13)

Notices and Agendas

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 (San Francisco)

Monday, July 28, 2014 (Los Angeles)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (San Francisco)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (Los Angeles)

Monday, March 10, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (San Francisco)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 2 - 4 p.m. (Recommendation B Working Group Conference Call)

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Los Angeles)

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (San Francisco)


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March 2014
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January 2014
Panel outlines plan to amend rules for attorney training

December 2013

Competency skills task force to begin implementation phase



Teri Greenman

The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-538-2454
Email: teri.greenman@calbar.ca.gov