Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Arizona State Law Grad Seeks Law License, Says Software Crash Caused Him To Fail Bar Exam

Bloomberg Law, Arizona Law Grad Who Failed Bar Seeks License, Cites Faulty Test:

A former law student in Arizona who failed an online bar exam is asking the state supreme court to license him anyway, claiming software flaws kept him from passing the test.

The Oct. 26 petition by Jordan Evan Greenman said his screen going blank, and mouse and keyboard becoming disabled, during the July exam cost him time and content, contributing to a score that was five points below passing.

The software flaws led to a lost opportunity for Greenman, the petition said, “after three years of hard work at a top-25 law school, obtaining clerkships and externships, starting his own small business to pay for law school, and three months studying for the biggest exam of his life.”

The petition may prompt similar challenges from others among a small percentage of students who experienced serious software flaws while taking online exams across the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This legal action will be closely watched,” said Aaron Taylor, executive director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence. “It’s likely that others are already in the works.” ...

Greenman’s attorney, Ilan Wurman, a professor with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, said the situation has been “extraordinarily difficult” on his client. Wurman taught Greenman constitutional law during his first law school year.

ABA Journal, Law Grad's Petition Blames Software Crash For Bar Exam Failure, Seeks Law License

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