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April 28, 2020

PA Supreme Court Allows Limited Practice, Bar Exam Postponed to September

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an order that "persons unable to sit for the July 2020 Pennsylvania bar examination because of COVID-19 shall be permitted to temporarily engage in the limited practice of law" in accordance with guidelines set forth in the order. To qualify, an applicant for the limited license must have graduated from an ABA accredited law school and obtained a juris doctor degree. In addition, the applicant must have filed an application to take the bar exam and be supervised by a member of the bar. The supervising attorney must also meet certain requirements specified in the order.

The order lists the activities in which a limited licensee may engage. Permission to engage in the limited practice of law will terminate no later than the date of the next bar exam if the limited licensee chooses not to take the exam or the date the Board of Law Examiners announces the results of the next bar exam if the limited licensee sits for the exam.

Simultaneously, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced in a letter to the Deans of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware law schools that the bar exam is being postponed to September 9-10, 2020. The letter cautions that the new dates could change as circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic may warrant.

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