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Professor Deborah Jones Merritt among scholars advocating for bar exam modifications due to COVID-19 concerns

March 24, 2020 | Faculty

Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, a group of legal scholars are now advocating for modifications to the bar exam schedules in 2020.

Among them is Moritz professor Deborah Jones Merritt, who was recently named an Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar and has been working on a a funded bar exam study.

The paper, “The Bar Exam and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Immediate Action,” offers six options for modifying the bar exam in 2020.

“In addition to protecting the public health, we need to preserve the mental health of the candidates hoping to join our profession this year,” the paper reads. “Those candidates are already suffering educational, family, and financial disruptions.”