Out of concern that more and more new attorneys don't know the basics of how to set up a practice and serve their clients, the N.C. State Bar is requiring new lawyers who have just passed the bar exam to take 12 hours of specialized CLE courses designed to teach them the fundamentals of practicing law and professionalism. "Back in the day, they got out of law school, were hired at a firm and had someone to mentor them," said Debra Holland, assistant director of the N.C. State Bar's CLE Board. "But with the economy, more new lawyers are hanging out their own shingle."
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