Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 4, 2020

21 New Hampshire Law Grads Can Skip Bar Exam

Concord Monitor, Some UNH Law School Grads Don’t Have to Take the Bar Exam:

UNHAll graduations are unusual right now but Friday’s law school graduation in Concord was unusual for two reasons: It was online for the first time, and for the 13th time it turned students into lawyers without having to take the two-day bar exam.

“They’re not skipping the bar exam; they just took a different one … that lasted two years,” said Professor John Garvey, director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.

That applies to the 21 UNH law graduates who went through the Daniel Webster Scholar program, which graduated its first class in 2008 and is still, the law school says, unique in the country. The program involves courses built around court simulations and practical experience more than lectures and has been accepted as an alternative to sitting in the bar exam that virtually all states, including New Hampshire, require in order to practice law. ...

The nation’s only bar-alterative program was launched in partnership with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Bar in 2005, after more than a decade of study and discussion. The American Bar Association gave the program the prestigious Gambrell Award in 2015, calling it “an exemplary and extraordinarily innovative approach” to legal education.

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