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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Proposed Bill Would Grant Emergency Diploma Privilege In New York

Karen Sloan (Law.com), Proposed Bill Would Grant Emergency Diploma Privilege in New York:

NYSBA (2017)An in-person bar exam is scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10 in New York, but new legislation would give candidates the option to bypass the test amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law graduates who have mobilized to push for an emergency diploma privilege in New York got a boost Monday with the introduction of a bill that would allow them to be licensed to practice without taking the bar exam.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and represents a large swath of downtown Manhattan, introduced the legislation that would create a temporary diploma privilege.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health always has to come first. Hosting an in-person bar exam, a massive indoor gathering, poses a significant public health risk,” Hoylman said Tuesday. “Administering the bar exam online puts low-income law students at a disadvantage. And further delaying the bar exam will hurt anyone who simply can’t afford another few months of full-time studying.”

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