(AP) Law school graduates in Wisconsin could soon have to complete at least four hours of community service for each credit hour of law school if Gov.
Scott Walker’s proposal is enacted as part of a bill that would expand eligibility for law schools to include at least 10 years of experience.
Under the bill, those who earn degrees in the first five years of law enforcement would have to do 12 hours of service for every four years of training, and those who earned degrees in more than five years would have 10 hours of work per year.
The state would only be required to pay for those hours, not the full cost of training.
The measure also includes a provision allowing teachers to be paid for the hours they work on a class of law students, and would require teachers to report their hours to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The law would take effect July 1, 2018.
The bill also would provide $20 million in funding for school construction and renovation projects, including a new law school building.
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have pushed to expand eligibility and training for law enforcement officers since the 2016 election.
Under the current law, those in law enforcement and corrections work as law enforcement workers, but the state Department of Justice does not have authority to pay those in the private sector to train police officers.
The bill passed the Senate last week, but it has yet to make it to the House, where lawmakers are likely to debate it before lawmakers leave for their summer break.