Are you a divorce lawyer? You may soon be able to practice your craft in all 50 states. The ABA Journal is reporting that there is a push right now to get a uniform bar exam which will mean that lawyers can practice in any state and get clients in any state without facing “unauthorized practice of law” charges. This will be a lot cheaper (CLE’s and registration fees will be uniform, presumably) but it will provide divorce lawyers with more opportunities to serve more divorce clients across jurisdictions. Which would be great, wouldn’t it? Considering what I said here.
Says the ABA Journal:
In a resolution(PDF) that was adopted by the ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar last month and finalized Tuesday, the group “urges the bar admission authorities in each state and territory to consider participating in the development and implementation of a uniform bar examination.” The Conference of Chief Justices adopted a similar resolution last month.
In April, Missouri became the first state to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, and the National Conference of Bar Examiners reported in June that North Dakota was the second state to do so. USA Today reported last November that Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C., were also considering the idea.
I can’t imagine any lawyer objecting to this idea. It will definitely amp up the number of virtual law firms too. Actually, maybe the whole practice of law will become “virtual” with a uniform bar exam. Welcome to the digital world, my friends. (Oh, and just to go off topic a bit, I just read that Forbes is going to start ranking law schools according to their grad job rates. Good idea? Bad idea? What do you think about that?)