Governors unanimously approves recommendations on education, licensure of Iowa
Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously approved the
recommendations put forth by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Legal Education and
Licensure at its quarterly meeting yesterday (Dec. 11).
committee, which itself had unanimously approved the recommendations at its
meeting last week, recommended that Iowa move away from the multi-state bar
exam in use for the past five years and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) that
is portable in 14 states. It also recommended that students who successfully
complete three years of specified law school course work at Drake University
Law School or the University of Iowa College of Law be admitted to the Iowa Bar
without being required to take a bar exam.
is an historic, innovative and forward-thinking action that will benefit the
next generation of lawyers and the citizens of Iowa,” said ISBA President Guy
Cook after the BOG decision. "It will reduce the costs of becoming an
Iowa-licensed attorney, and make it easier for new attorneys to practice in
underserved areas, including rural areas.
also protects the public by ensuring that the Iowa Supreme Court, rather than a
multi-state test, determines who becomes an Iowa-licensed attorney,” he added.
Chair David L. Brown praised the collaborative venture between the bench, bar
and law schools that led to the committee’s recommendation. Committee members
included judges, lawyers, former members of the bar examining committee, the
deans of Iowa’s two law schools and a Supreme Court Justice, who served in an
action taken by the board makes Iowa a leader in the nation,” he said.
complete report containing the recommendations and the background behind them
will be sent to the Iowa Supreme Court for its review and approval. Read the report.