Thank you for an incredible year. This year, the Law Student Division continued to meet the needs of law students. New issues reared their heads, as they often do, and the Division addressed them directly. Overwhelmingly, students requested the ability to be paid and receive class credit as an extern. The Division advocated on your behalf and made some progress.
The Division leadership drafted and submitted a formal comment requesting a change to this standard to the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s Standards Review Committee (SRC). Students from across the country joined the campaign by completing our survey, liking our Facebook page, and sending e-mails. I advocated our position at a SRC hearing. Following the ABA Midyear Meeting, the SRC recommended that the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar revise the current standard to allow both credit and compensation for externs. The Section has circulated its revision for comment and will vote at the Section’s June meeting. It will then submit its overall recommendation at the ABA Annual Meeting in August. We will continue to pursue all formal means at our disposal to change the accreditation standards to law students’ benefit.