Prof. Eric Freedman in The New York Times Calls Proposed Changes in Eligibility to Sit for New York State Bar Examination ‘Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish’

Eric M. Freedman, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Professor Eric Freedman, in a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times published on January 26, 2013, criticized a proposal that would allow persons who have completed two years of law school to sit for the New York State Bar Examination, regardless of whether or not they finish their Juris Doctor degree. While the plan would theoretically decrease the amount of student loans and academic expenditures needed to become an attorney by sacrificing the third year of law school, Professor Freedman indicts this plan as short-sighted as many of the courses that an attorney in the making would take to pique their interest in a legal specialty, or foster intellectual growth, would be sacrificed—doing a disservice to the student who never completes the degree, their future employers, and most importantly their future clients.

The full letter can be accessed here.