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August 05, 2020

Philadelphia Bar Association Supports Limited Diploma Privilege for Individuals Currently Registered for Bar Exam

The Philadelphia Bar Association, the nation’s oldest metropolitan Bar Association, issued the following statement today on adopting the position that individuals who are currently registered for the Pennsylvania Bar Examination are granted a limited diploma privilege:

Individuals who are currently registered for the Pennsylvania Bar Examination, who have received a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws degree in 2020 from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and who otherwise meet the qualifications for bar admission, should be given the option to receive a diploma privilege to practice law for a limited time.


Admission to practice by diploma privilege should continue until the earlier of one year after the termination of the Governor’s COVID-19 declaration of a disaster emergency or upon notification that the individual failed the Pennsylvania Bar Examination.

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