Law school grads can begin careers without bar exam
COLUMBUS, May 16, 2020 (AP): Recent law school graduates will
have the ability to temporarily practice law in Ohio under
the supervision of an experienced attorney while they wait
to take the bar exam, the state's highest court has decided.
The Ohio Supreme Court's announcement Thursday came on the heels
of its decision to postpone the bar exam originally scheduled
for July until Sept. 9-10, due to risks surrounding the new
Recent law graduates can apply to use the supervised practice
option beginning June 15. The attorney or attorneys who
supervise them must be in good standing and have practiced for
at least three years.
The deans of the nine Ohio law schools and the one at Northern
Kentucky University, along with state and city bar association
leaders, proposed the rule to enable recent graduates to begin
their legal careers.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said in a statement that delaying
graduates' ability to practice law would create significant
financial hardship for many. She said providing flexibility also
acknowledges the need for lawyers in certain critical areas
during the pandemic.
Qualifying graduates must take the bar in September. If they
don't pass, the temporary practice privilege will end.