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Why Diploma Privilege for Law School Graduates is a Bad Idea: A Regulator’s Perspective

Faced with the national crisis presented by the coronavirus, courts and bar admissions officials are debating how to protect the public through lawyer licensing, while balancing the critical need for access to justice and the concerns of law graduates waiting to take a bar exam that may be delayed due to public health issues.  Some commentators have argued for diploma privilege, under which new graduates would become lawyers without ever taking a bar exam at all.

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