Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Louisiana, New Jersey Shift Gears On Bar Exam; Montana Stays The Course

NCBE, July 2020 Bar Exam Update:

On July 15, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a press release announcing the cancellation of the one-day July 27 in-person and remote exams. ...

On July 15, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a press release and order canceling the September 9-10 exam and announcing that it would administer a remote exam on October 5-6. As of the July 15 announcement, New Jersey has entered a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts related to the transfer of scores earned on the remote exam. 

Missoulian, Montana Supreme Court Denies Law School Grads' Bar Exam Exemption Request:

The Montana Supreme Court has denied a petition to grant law school graduates a special exemption from the Montana Bar Exam, saying such a move would put the public at risk by admitting to practice students who might not otherwise pass the bar.

The petition, filed Thursday, July 9, asked the Supreme Court to grant graduates diploma privilege, an option that would exempt them from the final exam and fast track their admittance into the State Bar of Montana, Montana’s attorney association. Petitioners pointed to public health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic and inadequate proposed solutions as reasons for filing the petition.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cited the credibility and reputation of the bar as grounds for denying the request.

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