July 30, 2020

The pandemic has created unsafe conditions for the usual in-person bar exam settings. The New Jersey bar examiners originally postponed the annual July exam to September. Realizing that solution still would not allow safe in-person conditions, two weeks ago the NJ bar examiners announced an October online exam. Across the country the ongoing delays and the many technical requirements involved with the high-stakes exam have created extra burdens on the 2020 graduates—burdens that fall  disproportionately on people of color, women, and people with disabilities. Moreover, other states including Indiana and Michigan have already experienced technology issues with the online exam format. Many faculty members at Rutgers Law School joined with faculty at Seton Hall Law to ask for an emergency diploma privilege for recent graduates. Here is a copy of their letter.


Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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