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Could the bar exam go the way of the dodo?

Iowa considers letting law school graduates work without taking the bar exam

You’ve heard the saying – “As goes Iowa, so goes the nation?” No? The Hawkeye State has never been known as a bellwether for the legal world, but an interesting proposal in the state could have ramifications for lawyers there – and could set a tone that spreads across the nation. 

The current proposal would allow students attending law schools in Iowa, such as Drake University and the University of Iowa, to take extra courses on Iowa law, pass an ethics exam and a background check in order to start working as attorneys. The Iowa bar exam no longer tests Iowa-specific laws, which some say makes it unsuited for measuring the competency of a new attorney.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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