Bloomberg Law
Nov. 10, 2020, 5:16 PM

Alaska High Court Explains Why Law Grads Couldn’t Skip Bar Exam

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

The Alaska Supreme Court denied requests by seven law graduates to be licensed without taking the bar exam due to coronavirus safety concerns, ruling that enough protections were in place for them to take the test.

The court ruled on the request in August, but issued an explanation in a Nov. 6 decision. Alaska’s exam was held in September after being rescheduled from July due to the pandemic.

The court recognized what it called the difficult position Covid-19 had placed bar applicants in. But it also said the Alaska Bar Association “carefully followed all public health guidelines to maximize the ...

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