TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jun 30, 2020

Applicants to the 2020 bar examination today filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to waive the bar exam requirement and grant diploma privilege for those currently registered for the July 2020, September 2020 and February 2021 exams. The petition argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has “created exceptional circumstances in Tennessee which warrants emergency diploma privilege,” and includes impact statements from applicants on hardships they’ve experienced because of the pandemic, such as financial stress and housing uncertainty, increased child care and familial responsibilities and lack of appropriate study space. The petition also argues that exam administration is “uncertain, unsafe, and disparately impacts applicants.” Read the petition in its entirety here.