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Amid more Bar Exam delays, push for diploma privilege grows

March 31, 2020 | Faculty

With concerns resulting from COVID-19 continuing to swirl, the 2020 bar exam is one of the many question marks in the law academic community.

New York became the first state in the country to delay the exam, and more states are expected to follow. Interviewed by The National Law Journal, Moritz professor Deborah Jones Merritt says postponing until the fall might not be the best course of action.

“The mistake is to assume that an exam will be possible in the fall,” she said. “There is a significant chance that exam-takers will study intensively for a fall exam only to have it canceled a week or two before it is offered [due to subsequent waves of infection.]”