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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Changing the "Diploma Privilege System"

PassedKentucky and Arizona are considering changing the "diploma privilege system." In Kentucky, the highest court is re-evaluating the state licensing procedures for the “diploma privilege system.” New proposals will be submitted by December of this year. Arizona has amended its rules to cut down the time between graduation and admittance to the bar by allowing and encouraging third year law students the opportunity to take the bar exam in February. These changes are aimed at the goal to get law students admitted into practice more quickly than now.

Currently, Wisconsin is the only state that permits a diploma privilege for its graduates of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin. In New Hampshire, a few graduates are admitted to the state bar without passing the bar.

See Grant Rodgers, Other States Consider Bar Exam Alternatives, Des Moines Register, Jan. 11, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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