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Barriers Fall for Out-of-State Attorneys

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Barriers Fall for Out-of-State Attorneys

State bar associations throughout the United States are moving more rapidly toward relaxation of rules governing the practice of law by out-of-state attorneys.

The state bar associations in the nation's two most populous states, California and New York, this summer endorsed changes that will allow attorneys licensed to practice in other states to practice in their courts.

One possible consequence for law students is increased latitude in their decision on where to take the bar examination.

With increased freedom to practice in other states, graduates who intend to practice in California, for instance, could elect to dodge California's notoriously hard bar and take a reputedly easier exam in another state. That may prove more difficult than it sounds, however, because most states require several years of practice in good standing in the state where attorneys were originally admitted before waiving the requirement to take the bar in the state where they relocate.

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