New Ny Lawyers May Have To Work For Free Before They Can Land A Job

05.02.12 | Sarah Harnisch

New lawyers in the Empire state are going to have to provide hours of free legal work before they can join the bar. A New York Court of Appeals chief judge unveiled new licensing regulations requiring new lawyers to donate 50 hours of pro-bono work to poor or needy people, before they can start their careers.  The judge says roughly ten-thousand prospective lawyers pass the bar exam in New York every year, which would mean 500-thousand hours of much-needed legal assistance for those in need. The requirement is likely to apply to next year's graduating law school class.