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Statement about Revisions to Rule 48

STATEMENT FROM GEORGETOWN LAW CENTER CONCERNING THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE STUDENT PRACTICE RULES    

     The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has recently issued an order soliciting comments about proposed changes to the District of Columbia student practice rules. The proposed amendments are the product of a joint effort by Directors and Associate Deans of the clinical programs of all six of the District of Columbia law schools. The final version was developed in conjunction with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Georgetown Law Center fully endorses the rule changes. The new rules will expand the numbers of students who are able to be certified, increase the number of clients the clinics can serve, harmonize the student rule with the unauthorized practice of law rules, and streamline administrative processing of student certifications.

     The Court of Appeals has asked that comments concerning the proposed rule changes be filed by December 31, 2013. We believe these rule changes will benefit the D.C. Bar and the practice of law, the law schools and their students, and the citizens of the District of Columbia. We encourage comments of support for this initiative.

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