New York Bar Requires Pro Bono Service

The New York Court of Appeals adopted a rule that requires future New York  state bar applicants to complete at least 50 pro bono service hours before they file an application for admission.

The new rule will apply to applicants admitted to the New York state bar on or after Jan. 1, 2015.  However, the rule does not apply to lawyers licensed elsewhere who are seeking admission without examination.

The new rule has three goals:

  • To increase access to justice to under-served individuals
  • To increase practical training during legal education
  • To encourage future pro bono work

Read more about the details of the rule here: