Study committee looking into the bar exam for lawyers

VERMILLION, S.D.(WNAX)- Some South Dakota legislators have talked about sponsoring bills that would do away with the bar exam and replace it with apprenticeships for new lawyers.

USD Law School Dean Neil Fulton says a study committee put together by Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Jensen should be allowed to follow through first.

Fulton says some of the proposals would allow beginning lawyers to work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Fulton says there may be some benefit in attaching some public service to law school students.

Some of the complaints are that the bar exam is too difficult and the fail rate too high.