TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 14, 2014

The Iowa Supreme Court will consider a proposal this summer that would allow law school graduates to skip the bar exam if they practice law in the state. The graduates still would have to pass an ethics exam, take a class on Iowa law and procedure and submit to screening, the Des Moines Register reports. The idea, backed by the Iowa State Bar Association, is intended to shorten the period between graduation and practice, saving the money needed for living expenses and bar review during that period. Currently, Wisconsin is the only state that allows its law school graduates to practice law without taking the bar exam -- a system known as in-state diploma privilege. The ABA Journal has more.