Bar exam alone not enough to qualify as a lawyer

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z Bar exam alone not enough to qualify as a lawyerCapitol Media Services Arizona Daily Star
February 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Arizona's 17,500 lawyers won't have to worry about new competition from people who want to practice without bothering with three years of law school.

Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Glendale, dropped his proposal to allow anyone who passes the bar exam to hang out a shingle and begin soliciting business. The move came late Monday after several people testified against his measure, SB 1415, in the Judiciary Committee.

Potentially more significant, Murphy found opposition among Republican colleagues on the panel who are lawyers and went to law school.

Current requirements imposed by the Arizona Supreme Court require lawyers to both graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and also to pass a written exam.

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