A possible head start for law students

Arizona's schools propose to let them sit for the bar exam before they actually graduate.

, The National Law Journal


The Arizona Supreme Court is slated to consider the proposal to allows law students to take the bar exam midway through their final school year.

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  • Research?

    According to Chart 1 of the National Conference of Bar Examiners/ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission
    Requirements 2012, there are several states that allow for students to sit before graduation (Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, etc. . .) I have a colleague who structured that last spring semester to take 2 courses and an externship that began in March to sit for the Indiana bar exam so he was licensed when he graduated. Most law schools could do this by offering credit-based bar review support in January/February and then short, intensive courses or externships in March/April so that students could still be full-time. Would it take some creativity? Absolutely. Is there the political will/resources within law schools? Sometimes.

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