Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Florida Is Seventeenth State To Reject Emergency Diploma Privilege For Law School Graduates During COVID-19

In re: Petition to Amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, No. 20-1236 (Fla. Sept. 3, 2020):

Florida Supreme Court COVID 19On August 20, 2020, Petitioners, who total more than 50 members of The Florida Bar in good standing, petitioned this Court, pursuant to Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 1-12.1(f), to adopt emergency rules to provide for admission to The Florida Bar without examination, followed by a supervised practice requirement to aid registrants for the July 2020 Florida General Bar Examination who have been severely impacted by the delays in administering the examination. ... For the reasons explained below, the Court declines to authorize such a pathway to Bar membership.

Bloomberg Law, Law School Grads Can’t Skip Florida Bar Exam, Court Says

The National Conference of Bar Examiners reports that Florida is the seventeenth state to deny requests for an emergency diploma privilege during COVID-19:

The following jurisdictions have denied petitions or requests for an emergency diploma privilege during the COVID-19 crisis: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

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Well done Florida Supreme Court. Maybe impose a one year probationary status on all graduates after they pass the Bar Exam? Anything to increase the dismal competence of the young lawyer would be a good idea.

Posted by: Steven M. Harris | Sep 9, 2020 3:31:34 PM