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Another state cancels September bar exam and replaces it with online test over COVID-19 concerns

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On Monday, Georgia canceled its in-person September bar exam because of public health concerns stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The test is now scheduled for October, and it will be an online exam, according to a statement posted by the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Bar Admissions. Details about the October test will be given July 27, according to the announcement.

On July 20, Georgia reported 2,452 new cases of COVID-19, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In April, the state rescheduled its July exam for September. Georgia also adopted a provisional admissions rule, which allows graduates of ABA-accredited law schools to temporarily practice law under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

It’s comparable to an ABA resolution approved by the ABA Board of Governors in April, which applies to recent graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who have not previously taken a bar exam.

Various states, including New York, Tennessee, Louisiana and New Jersey canceled bar exams in July. The ABA’s Law Student Division is compiling a list of bar exam information by state, which can be seen here.

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