During the summer of 2020, anger and frustration about lawyer licensing practices boiled over. The bar exam had always imposed economic and psychological burdens on test takers, but the rise of a pandemic added an additional hazard: exposure to a dangerous virus. Some states continued the in-person traditional exam despite the health risks, but others experimented with different licensing options, including online proctored exams, online take-home exams, supervised practice, and even diploma privilege. Examinees struggled to keep up with states’ late-changing requirements, and technological glitches added yet another degree of difficulty.
Robertson, C. B. (2020). How Should We License Lawyers?. Fordham L. Rev., 89, 1295.