Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Supreme Court Justices have decided to postpone the Bar Exam from July 28-29 to September 9 -10.
The Justices consulted with the Georgia Department of Health when making their decision. Realizing the postponement of the test may impact recent law school graduate’s employment opportunities, the Court also included a provisional admission in the order.
The conditions new lawyers must meet for provisional admission include:
- Must have graduated law school within the past 18 months,
- Have a Certificate of Character and Fitness from the Board (a prerequisite for taking the bar exam.
- Be certified as competent to practice law by the graduate’s dean or law professor, and
- Have not previously failed a bar exam
The court consulted with the Deans of Georgia’s law schools in establishing the requirements for provisional admission. Georgia’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Harold Melton, commented on the collaborative efforts in determining the requirements:
“We appreciate the advice we have received from the deans of Georgia’s five law schools in crafting this rule. As well as the leadership of the State Bar of Georgia and the Board of Bar Examiners. I am confidant that the new role strikes a good balance between protecting the public and preserving opportunities for law school graduates.”
COVID-19 has forced many to cancel or postpone large gatherings of people for the foreseeable future.
Advocate Capital Inc. is proud to support Plaintiff Injury attorneys and their Bar Associations as they find new ways to operate during the pandemic. We are also grateful to all the first-line responders for helping those in need.
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