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    Art Janke

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There are 2 comments on LAW Students Press for Emergency License to Practice without Taking the Bar Exam

  1. As an attorney, practicing for 27 years, I cannot express how much I’m against this waiver proposal.

    I graduated during a massive recession and didn’t claim the bar exam was unnecessary. My sister graduated right after 9/11, in NYC, and didn’t claim the bar exam was unnecessary. Moreover, as we, and everyone who sits for the bar experiences, we couldn’t practice until receiving the results months later. Instead, we worked for others as glorified research assistant and paralegals. Why should we allow these students to practice without doing the same? In fact, one could argue that a two month delay gives them a far better advantage in which to prepare for the exam and the pass rate should be higher than ever.

    But let’s ask: What is the harm to them by waiting a few weeks? Practically none. Yet what is the harm to the public by waiving these requirements? Under normal circumstances, not everyone passes the bar. The public will not know which lawyers have met the standards of fitness to practice. The entire purpose of the admissions process is because we in the profession do not believe the public needs to adhere to Caveat Emptor. Additionally, law students do not have two years of rotations as medical students do. After commencement, they do not have internships and residencies loaded with oversight.

    The exams could have been canceled outright. Under these very trying circumstances, a two month delay is generous and reasonable and a compromise that I support.

    CAS 1986

    1. It’s two months until graduation. The bar exam will not be administered until at least the end of September, and that’s assuming there isn’t another wave of cases in the fall, like many of my public health colleagues believe there will be.

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