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The coronavirus just delayed the country's No. 1 bar exam, and that could be a huge setback for law students seeking jobs at smaller New York firms

Posted On: 30 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The coronavirus just delayed the country's No. 1 bar exam, and that could be a huge setback for law students seeking jobs at smaller New York firms

The New York State bar examination has been called off for July. The New York legal market is the largest in the United States by attorney population, with more than 180,000 lawyers in 2019.
The New York court of appeals said late on Friday that the state bar's July 28-29 exam dates were cancelled and would be rescheduled for the fall of 2020, with the reschedule dates and locations currently unknown.
The cancellation of the July New York bar is likely to disproportionately affect law students who are not entering Big Law, according to legal experts.
"They aren't going to be able to make a living unless firms hire them as interns or clerks before they take the bar or pass the bar," said David Eisen, a partner at Wilson Elser, when informed about the cancellation by Business Insider on Saturday.
More than 2,000 law students have signed a letter to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the producer of bar exams in many states, arguing in favor of diploma privilege.

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