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Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS

• The Commission recommends that law schools continue to offer skills training in their curricula and encourages expanded curricula in this area. Every student should have the opportunity to take courses that teach basic practice skills. The Commission notes that only one law school in the state offers a course in law office management and recommends that more law schools offer courses in this subject area. The Commission further recommends that law schools incorporate values training into their curricula, highlighting the service commitment of the profession.

• The Commission recommends that scholarly research and writing on the legal profession generally, and on Ohio’s legal profession, specifically, be pursued on a more regular basis, in an effort to continually evaluate the effectiveness of the profession. The Commission recommends research into ways to bridge the gap between the academy and profession.

• The Commission recommends that law schools incorporate into their curricula information regarding the history, traditions, institutions, values, and aspirations of the legal profession, including its commitment to public service throughout a lawyer’s career.

• The Commission recommends that efforts by law schools to achieve more diverse student bodies be continued, such that the likelihood of academic and practical success for all students is increased.

• The Commission recommends the continued use of both the essay and the Multistate Bar Examination portions of the current bar examination.

• The Commission recommends that the Multistate Performance Test be added to the bar examination. The Commission recommends that the time not be increased for the exam. The Commission believes, however, that the details of such implementation are the province of the Board of Bar Examiners.

• The Commission recommends that the exemption from the Continuing Legal Education Requirements for first year attorneys be revoked and transitional skills training requirements be imposed. The Commission believes, however, that the details of the training curriculum are the province of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education. The Commission recognizes that financial assistance for completing such training should be provided where necessary.

• The Commission recommends that more mentoring programs be established to assist young lawyers with transitional skills training. To that end, the Commission recommends that Continuing Legal Education credit hours be available for attorneys who serve as mentors in qualified mentoring programs. The Commission recognizes that the current accreditation standards may need to be changed to accommodate such a program.

• Finally, the Commission recommends that the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association continue the Commission’s work, through an appropriate committee or board, so that issues may be more thoroughly explored, and key issues such as "bridge-the-gap" training and mentoring can be studied and addressed.

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