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IPFS News Link • Washington State

Supreme Court: Bar exam will no longer be required to become attorney in Washington State

• The Spokesman-Review -- Spokane

The Bar Licensure Task Force found that the traditional exam "disproportionally and unnecessarily blocks" marginalized groups from becoming practicing attorneys and is "at best minimally effective" for ensuring competency, according to a news release from the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts.

Washington is the second state to not require the bar exam, following Oregon, which implemented the change at the start of this year. Other states, including Minnesota, Nevada, South Dakota and Utah, are examining alternative pathways to licensure.


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