2020 NJ Law Students can Temporarily Practice Without Taking the Bar Exam

New Jersey law students expected to graduate this Spring will be able to temporarily practice law without taking the bar exam, according to a new order from the state Supreme Court.

Since the New Jersey bar exam, originally scheduled for July 2020, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court announced the order to accommodate the public’s “continuing and growing need for legal services in many critical areas.”

“Newly admitted lawyers can help meet that need,” Chief Justice Rabner stated in the order.

Under the new rule, graduated law students will be able to practice by meeting these requirements:

⦁ Practice under the supervision of a licensed attorney who has practiced for at least 3 years
⦁ Be certified by the Committee on Character and submit all necessary fees and materials required
⦁ Register for the first bar exam scheduled after graduation (the July 2020 exam is expected to be rescheduled for September)

Students who cannot take the first bar exam scheduled after graduation can apply for an extension with the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners. If they don’t receive an extension and don’t pass the bar, the temporary order will expire.

April 13, 2020
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