“emergency diploma privilege”
They’re using the Coronavirus crisis as their reasoning. This seems like a bit of stretch, doesn’t it?
The College Fix reports:
Harvard Law students want licenses without having to take bar exam
Approximately 200 Harvard Law School students have signed a letter asking administrators to “publicly advocate” on their behalf for being granted law licenses without taking the bar exam.
The reason for the “emergency diploma privilege” request, according to The Crimson, is the ongoing coronavirus situation.
Letter co-author Donna Saadati-Soto said “it would be unfair to ask students” to take the bar exam since the pandemic “limits the ability of some students to prepare.”
The students are asking Law School officials to take four specific actions:
[A] public statement supporting the emergency diploma privilege across the United States; sharing the students’ letter with other law schools; sending a statement supporting the privilege to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; and hosting a virtual town hall for students to discuss their needs with the administration.
Last week, Massachusetts announced its bar exam would be postponed from late July to “an undetermined date in the fall.” Saadati-Soto and her peers claim this puts their future employment and “financial security” at risk.
In addition, Ms. Saadati-Soto was certain to not omit the intersectionality factor:
[She] said students who can secure employment before the postponed exam might have to decide whether to work full-time or study for the exam full-time — a decision she thinks would eliminate traditionally marginalized students from the legal profession.
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