The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee took emergency diploma privileges under consideration on Monday. If enacted, the bill would admit law students who graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic admission to the Pennsylvania Bar.
Any individual seeking admission must meet three eligibility requirements. They must have graduated law school or be otherwise eligible to take the bar exam during the pandemic, they must have met all other requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and they must intend to practice law in Pennsylvania.
If enacted, the law would not rescind any existing laws or rules concerning admission to the bar. Further, it would only apply to anyone who submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Bar Examination prior to the end of the official state of emergency.