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Bar-Exam Lawsuit Wins Class-Action Status
June 16, 2008
A judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's
policy of allowing in-state law graduates to become lawyers without passing
the bar exam.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb says anyone who applies to practice law in
Wisconsin within 30 days of graduating from a law school outside the state can
join the lawsuit.
Wisconsin allows graduates from its two law schools to become lawyers
immediately if they meet certain requirements. It's the last state in the
nation with the so-called diploma privilege.
An Oklahoma City University School of Law graduate who filed the suit last
year claims the policy is unconstitutional because it treats out-of-state law
school graduates differently.