An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (NY only)

Support S8827A/A10846 to Grant Relief to Bar Examinees

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I'm writing to ask that you support S8827A/A10846, granting supervised practice-based admission to recent law graduates. As you may know, the bar exam was remotely administered on October 5th-6th, and it was a disaster. Early statistics show that technical difficulties prevented over 600 examinees from even starting the exam. Those who logged in experienced software glitches ranging from extreme lagging to deleted answers. Examinees struggled to reach tech support on exam day - only to then be instructed by technicians to withdraw and retest in February. The online format discriminated against disabled examinees who could not be accommodated online, examinees who could not afford reliable internet access, and examinees of color who could not be recognized by the testing software. Examinees have also reported receiving unusual credit card charges and spam messages correlating with when they installed exam software, raising privacy concerns. Because of the exam's stringent monitoring regulations, some examinees had to resort to humiliating measures while testing - including urinating in their seats - so as not to be wrongly accused of cheating. Incoming New York lawyers deserve to be licensed equitably, with the same dignity that other attorneys have been afforded. Please support S8827A/A10846, to spare future examinees this experience and mitigate the damage done to those who endured it.

First sent on October 12, 2020 by United for Diploma Privilege New York

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