Conceptualizing Student Practice for the 21st Century: Educational and Ethical Considerations in Modernizing the District of Columbia Student Practice Rules
Georgetown Journal of Law and Ethics, Vol. 28, pp. 207-270, 2015
72 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015 Last revised: 29 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2015
This article traces the history of the amendment process. It provides a short history of student practice rules and then, using the student practice rule in effect in the District of Columbia prior to the 2014 amendments, describes the various components of those rules that courts and bars across the nation have implemented to assist courts, advance legal education, and preserve advocates’ ethical obligations to clients. It then describes some of the comments to the proposed amendments offered by the District of Columbia Bar and other D.C. lawyers during the public comment period and the modifications to the District of Columbia student practice rule that the District of Columbia Court of Appeals accepted. Finally, it discusses some areas of disagreement that arose during the process and a description of the reasons for those disagreements.
Keywords: student practice rules, educational considerations, ethical considerations, District of Columbia, legal education, constitutional law
JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39
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