Vermont Bar Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 - Page 24

by Jennifer Emens-Butler , VBA Director of Education and Communication

WHAT ’ S NEW New Rules of Admission in Effect !

As our members may be aware , Vermont is now utilizing the Uniform Bar Exam for admission by examination . Members also may have heard that the three-month clerkship requirement has been replaced with new Vermont-specific CLE and post-admission mentorship prerequisites . See , 2016 Rules of Admission to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court , Rule 12 . New admittees who pass the bar in July will be subject to the revised admission requirements . To help guide our members , the following generally summarizes the admission changes .
TYPES OF APPLICATIONS
The new rules recognize 3 methods to apply for admission to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court :
• By examination
• By transferred UBE score
• Without examination ( also known as “ waiving in ”).
CLE REQUIREMENT
The CLE component is applicable to all applicants , whether by examination , transferred UBE score , or without examination . An applicant must attend at least 15 hours of CLE on Vermont practice and procedure with courses certified by the Board of Bar Examiners as satisfying the rule . Six of the 15 hours must be live . For applicants by examination or transferred UBE score , the courses must be completed no earlier than 6 months before sitting for the bar exam and no later than 1 year after the applicant is admitted . For applicants without examination , the courses must be completed within 1 year before or after admission . Rest assured , the VBA is gearing up to provide informative and fresh CLEs that will fit the bill ; the VBA Basic Skills Program already in existence is an example of a course that satisfies the Vermont practice and procedure requirement .
MENTORSHIP COMPONENT
The Mentorship component is for those seeking admission by examination or transferred UBE score . Post-admission , but within one year of the admission to the Vermont Bar , an applicant must complete a mentorship of at least 6 months in duration with a supervising judge or attorney who has been admitted for at least 3 years . Unlike the clerkship requirement , the mentorship does not require a full-time presence with the mentor , but rather a minimum of 10 meetings over the 6-month to one-year period to discuss issues relevant to Vermont practice and procedure . An applicant must fulfill the mentorship component within 1-year or the applicant ’ s license will be suspended .
In addition to the 10 meetings , the applicant must engage in 40 hours of activities on a mentorship program list , not unlike the ‘ scavenger hunt ’ list provided to attorneys in the VBA / VLS Incubator Program . The mentor need not accompany the applicant to the activities , but must certify that the applicant attended , and help the newly admitted attorney become familiar with Vermont practice . The program list compiled by the Continuing Legal Education Board and certified by the Board of Examiners divides the activities by practice area or category , and includes litigation related activities such as attending a civil trial , a mediation , a contested parentage hearing , an arraignment hearing , a guardianship proceeding , a jury draw , Supreme Court oral arguments , a deposition , and an initial client intake or trial witness preparation .
Activities in the Litigation ( sampling above ) and Transactional categories cannot exceed 20 hours . Activities in the Access to Justice and Bar Functions categories cannot exceed 10 of the 40 hours . Transactional activities include reviewing land records , performing UCC searches , and drafting contracts , wills and promissory notes with supervision . Access to Justice activities include attending seminars on access to justice , accepting low or pro bono appointments and volunteering at Lawline . Applicants can fulfill the Bar Function requirement by attending the VBA ’ s Annual and Mid-Year Meetings , or by attending other bar-related meetings on Vermont practice that the mentor finds appropriate for that area of practice . This fulfills a crucial piece — giving the applicant a sense of the comradery among Vermont attorneys .
MENTORS NEEDED
New admittees may line up mentor attorneys or judges on their own , but it is anticipated that many new admittees may not have a mentor attorney or judge connection . Bar Counsel Mike Kennedy would like to have a list of state-wide attorneys and judges who would be willing to serve as mentors for new admittees . Unlike attorneys who oversaw new admittees fulfilling the three-month clerkship requirement , mentor attorneys or judges need only meet with their new admittee a total of 10 times over the maximum one-year period during which the new admittee must fulfill lawrelated activity requirements . The mentor and mentee may work in the same law office , but that is not required . The focus of the meetings would be to discuss the new admittee ’ s practice goals , and to discuss issues relevant to Vermont practice and procedure . As stated , the mentor need not attend the requisite 40 hours of activities with the new admittee , but should help make arrangements for the new admittee to participate in the various activities . The mentor must also certify to the admittee ’ s participation in the activities .
Participation in the various law-related activities is designed to give the applicant a balanced survey of the life and practice of a Vermont lawyer . A mentor who is planning to retire potentially could get the benefit of having a fresh , trained lawyer join , or even take over , the practice . It is contemplated that CLE credits will be available to mentors , the exact amount to be determined in late July . Above all , the admission rule should give new lawyers who would like to remain in Vermont all the tools they need to join our collegial Vermont community of lawyers .
If you ’ d like to volunteer to mentor a new admittee , please contact Michael Kennedy at Michael . kennedy @ vermont . gov . The Mentorship Program Activities Checklist is available on the www . vermontjudiciary . org website in the Legal Information--Licensing section .
24 THE VERMONT BAR JOURNAL • SUMMER 2016 www . vtbar . org
by Jennifer Emens-Butler, VBA Director of Education and Communication WHAT’S NEW New Rules of Admission in Effect! As our members may be aware, Vermont is now utilizing the Uniform Bar Exam for admission by examination. Members also may have heard that the three-month clerkship requirement has been replaced with new Vermont-specific CLE and post-admission mentorship prerequisites. See, 2016 Rules of Admission to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court, Rule 12. New admittees who pass the bar in July will be subject to the revised admission requirements. To help guide our members, the following generally summarizes the admission changes. TYPES OF APPLICATIONS The new rules recognize 3 methods to apply for admission to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court: • By examination • By transferred UBE score • Without examination (also known as “waiving in”). CLE REQUIREMENT The CLE component is applicable to all applicants, whether by examination, transferred UBE score, or without examination. An applicant must attend at least 15 hours of CLE on Vermont practice and procedure with courses certified by the Board of Bar Examiners as satisfying the rule. Six of the 15 hours must be live. For applicants by examination or transferred UBE score, the courses must be completed no earlier than 6 months before sitting for the bar exam and no later than 1 year after the applicant is admitted. For applicants without examination, the courses must be completed within 1 year before or after admission. Rest assured, the VBA is gearing up to provide informative and fresh CLEs that will fit the bill; the VBA Basic Skills Program already in existence is an example of a course that satisfies the Vermont practice and procedure requirement. MENTORSHIP COMPONENT The Mentorship component is for those seeking admission by examination or transferred UBE score. Post-admission, but within one year of the admission to the Vermont Bar, an applicant must complete a mentorship of at least 6 months in duration with a supervising judge or attorney who 24 has been admitted for at least 3 years. Unlike the clerkship requirement, the mentorship does not require a full-time presence with the mentor, but rather a minimum of 10 meetings over the 6-month to one-year period to discuss issues relevant to Vermont practice and procedure. An applicant must fulfill the mentorship component within 1-year or the applicant’s license will be suspended. In addition to the 10 meetings, the applicant must engage in 40 hours of activities on a mentorship program list, not unlike the ‘scavenger hunt’ list provided to attorneys in the VBA/VLS Incubator Program. The mentor need not accompany the applicant to the activities, but must certify that the applicant attended, and help the newly admitted attorney become familiar with Vermont practice. The program list compiled by the Continuing Legal Education Board and certified by the Board of Examiners divides the activities by practice area or category, and includes litigation related activitie X\][[H][X[ BYYX][ۋH۝\Y\[YHX\[[\ZYۛY[X\[HX\X[\YY[H\H]\[YH\ܘ[\[Y[H\][ۋ[[[]X[Y[[ZH܈X[]\\\][ۋX]]Y\[H]Y][ۈ [\[˜XݙJH[[X[ۘ[]YܚY\[^YY \ˈX]]Y\[HX\\XH[\[[ۜ]YܚY\[^YY LوH \˂[X[ۘ[X]]Y\[YH]Y][›[Xܙ\ܛZ[PX\\[Y[۝X[[Z\ܞH\]\\\[ۋX\\XBX]]Y\[YH][[[Z[\ۈX\\XKX\[܈ۛ˜\[Y[[[Y\[]][K\X[[[[H\[[ۈ\]Z\[Y[H][[Hx&\[X[[ZY VYX\YY][܈H][[\\\[]YYY][ۈ\[۝XXH]HY[܈[\X]B܈]\XHوXXK\[[HܝXX[YXx%][H\X[H[HقH\Y\H[[ۙ\[۝]ܛ^\˂ZH]HH\و]K]YH]ܛ^\˜[Y\[H[[\B\Y[ܜ܈]YZ]Y\ˈ[ZH]ܛ^\ݙ\]]YZ]Y\[[[HYK[[۝\\\]Z\[Y[ Y[܈]ܛ^\܈Y\YYۛHYY]]Z\]YZ]YHH[و L[Y\›ݙ\HX^[][HۙK^YX\\[\[XH]YZ]YH]\[[]ܙ[]YX]]H\]Z\[Y[ˈHY[܂[Y[YHX^Hܚ[H[YH]ٙXK]]\\]Z\Y H\قHYY][[H\\H]˜YZ]Yx&\XXH[[\\\Y\[][\[۝XXH[Y\K\]Y HY[܈YY][H\]Z\]H \وX]]Y\]H]YZ]YK][[XZH\[[Y[܈H]YZ]YB\X\]H[H\[\X]]Y\ˈBY[܈]\[\YHHYZ]Yx&\œ\X\][ۈ[HX]]Y\˂\X\][ۈ[H\[\]\[]YX]]Y\\\YۙY]HH\X[H[[Y\^HوHYH[XXHقH\[۝]Y\HY[܈\[[]\H[X[H[]H[Y]و][H\ Z[Y]Y\[܈][ZHݙ\HXXK]\۝[\]Y]HܙY][H]Z[XBY[ܜH^X[[[H]\Z[Y[]H[KXݙH[ HYZ\[ۂ[H[]H]]Y\[ZH[XZ[[\[۝[H^BYY[\YX[\[۝[][]Hو]Y\˂Y[x&YZH[Y\Y[܈H]˜YZ]YKX\H۝XZXY[[YH]ZXY[ [YP\[۝ ݋BY[ܜ\ܘ[HX]]Y\X\\˜]Z[XHۈH˝\[۝YXX\KܙX]H[HY[[ܛX][ۋKSX[[œX[ۋQSԔQQQ]YZ]Y\X^H[H\Y[܈]ܛ^\܈Y\ۈZ\ۋ]]\˜[X\]Y]X[H]YZ]Y\X^B]HHY[܈]ܛ^H܈YHۛX[ۋ\[[ZZH[YH[HTSӕTTS8(SSQT M˝\ܙ‚