Bar Exams in the Pandemic

Diploma Privilege and the Future of the Bar Exam

A recording of the panel conversation hosted by JURIST and United for Diploma Privilege on July 9, 2020.

With the bar exam rendered unsafe by COVID-19, many law students and would-be lawyers have called for the revival of diploma privilege. Animated by social justice and a desire to serve clients in need, the movement argues that allowing graduates of accredited law schools to become practicing attorneys is the only equitable and fair solution to the upheaval of 2020. The panel explores what diploma privilege means, the struggle to achieve it, and what the movement means for the profession’s future.