Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- A proposal to allow law students to take the New York State bar exam after two years is getting serious consideration. The state's chief judge is expressing interest, but no date for a decision by the state's highest court has been set.
While the idea has been around for decades, law schools are at a crossroads now. A legal education is more expensive than ever and many graduates take on six-figure loan debt. The time may be right for a change.
NYU Professor Samuel Estreicher points out in a recent law review article that neither President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nor Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo completed a third year of law school; both passed the bar without law degrees.