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Will Iowa nix the bar exam for law grads?

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The Iowa Supreme Court will hold a hearing Wednesday, August 27 to assess whether the state should forgo the bar exam for law school graduates.

Iowa's two law schools are at the University of Iowa and Drake University. Currently, any Iowa law school graduate who wishes to practice in the profession must pass the bar exam. The Iowa Supreme Court will look at the diploma privilege in its hearing Wednesday, which would allow Iowa law grads to practice law without taking a bar exam.

Those in favor of the diploma privilege say the gap between law school graduation and receiving bar exam results can pose a financial burden. Proponents also site more than 90 percent of law school graduates pass the exam in the first attempt.

Those against the diploma privilege, however, worry about students' performances if no test is required at the end of law school. Opponents also express concern about the confidence in the legal profession, saying it could diminish without a bar exam in place.

The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Iowa Supreme Court Courtroom in Des Moines.

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