Iowa bar exam: Law school grads prepare amid COVID-19 pandemic

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I do not believe its safe: Law school graduates prepare for in-person bar exam regardless of require alternatives amid pandemicHillary Ojeda
Iowa City Press-CitizenPublished 7:00 AM EDT Jul 28, 2020About 200 law school graduates will sit in a space together in the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines for their bar examination Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 weeks after Iowa saw its highest variety of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day.”I actually dont think its safe,” said recent University of Iowa College of Law graduate Anna Burke, who will be taking the exam.Earlier this month, law school graduates started a petition requiring that the Iowa Supreme Court allow trainees the option of taking the examination in order to lower the variety of people sitting in the exact same room. And, for those who select not to take the exam, they asked that the court give them diploma opportunity, which would enable graduates to be licensed without passing the bar exam. ► More: Want to be a doctor? A lawyer? COVID-19 cases are rising, however these high-stakes exams are in-person onlyThe Iowa Supreme Court chose to follow through with the in-person test.”Graduates taking the examination ought to be assured that we have carefully thought about those communications on all sides of the problems and weighed all the available alternatives,” stated Iowa Supreme Court Justice Thomas D. Waterman, in an email supplied to the Press-Citizen. “Although the decision is difficult, we have concluded that a waiver of the bar examination requirement is not in the very best interests of the legal profession or the general public.”► More: Arizona Supreme Court will hold in-person July bar test in spite of COVID-19 concernsIn a letter released by the Des Moines Register on Monday, three University of Iowa medical professors of law and 2 clinical associate professors of law wrote that “a minimal diploma advantage would significantly reduce the number of people who would sit for the bar exam, and would enable graduates of in-state schools to start practicing immediately.”According to the professors, Illinois, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, Texas and Pennsylvania, and 13 other states have postponed their exam and/or relocated to an online exam.Story finishes below.Burke said shes concerned about her own security but likewise the security of those around her. Specifically, she said her stepfather remains in recovery from surgical treatment and is at high danger of severe health problem from COVID-19 if he were to contract the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.”I do believe there are other routes,” Burke said.Hillary Ojeda covers breaking news and public safety for the Press-Citizen. Reach her at 319-339-7345, [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @hillarymojeda. Your subscription makes work like this possible. Subscribe today at Press-Citizen. com/Subscribe. Released 7:00 AM EDT Jul 28, 2020This content was originally released here.

“I truly dont believe its safe,” said current University of Iowa College of Law graduate Anna Burke, who will be taking the exam.Earlier this month, law school finishes began a petition requiring that the Iowa Supreme Court permit students the choice of taking the test in order to minimize the number of people sitting in the very same space. COVID-19 cases are increasing, but these high-stakes exams are in-person onlyThe Iowa Supreme Court decided to follow through with the in-person exam.”I do believe there are other paths,” Burke said.Hillary Ojeda covers breaking news and public security for the Press-Citizen.