Saturday, July 11, 2020

Arkansas Adopts Practice Rule For Applicants "Unwilling Or Unable " To Sit For July Bar Exam

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued two orders on Bar admission in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One order provides in part

In recognition of the issues faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arkansas Supreme Court adopts this emergency/temporary Rule to allow persons properly registered for the July 2020 Arkansas Bar Exam, who are unwilling or unable to sit for the July 2020 Exam because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be permitted to temporarily engage in the limited practice of law.

Eligibility requirements

(a)   The individual has submitted a timely application for admission by examination for the July 2020 Uniform Bar Exam in Arkansas;

(b)   The Board of Law Examiners has received affirmative certification from the law school from which the individual graduated certifying that (1) the applicant has received the juris doctor degree from that law school and (2) to the best of the law school’s knowledge, the applicant has the character and fitness required to be a licensed attorney in the State of Arkansas;

(c)     The individual has never failed the Arkansas Bar Exam or any other jurisdiction’s Bar Exam;

(d)    The individual has received a juris doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;

(e)   The individual is supervised by an attorney licensed by the Court to practice law in Arkansas; and

 (f)     The individual agrees to abide by the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct.

The other order provides

1.The July 2020 Arkansas Bar Exam will be administered as scheduled for all applicants properly and timely registered who wish to sit for the Exam.

2.Any properly and timely registered applicant for the July 2020 Bar Exam may have  his or her application and fee transferred to the February 2021 Arkansas Bar Exam without penalty if written notice is given to the Executive Director of the Board by July 15, 2020.

(Mike Frisch)

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