... I would imagine anyone capable of passing the bar would be able to write or at least learn to write decent briefs etc.
I really think a big part of the reason that law school in general is losing respect in America is that is not teaching practical skills.
Argue in a real case through the certification process. Draft a motion or some document that goes into a real case. ... For a profession that is so important you should be required to do REAL stuff before being able to actually practice law.