New Jersey law school grads can temporarily practice law without taking the bar, court rules

Some law school graduate students in New Jersey will be able to temporarily practice law under the supervision of experienced attorneys.

The state’s bar exam has been rescheduled for September because of the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.

The exam is now scheduled for September 9 and 10, but that date remains tentative, subject to public health conditions later this year. The test will be offered at multiple sites, in keeping with the Judiciary’s ordinary administration of the exam.

Under these relaxed rules, graduates will be able to enter appearances, draft legal documents and pleadings, provide legal services to clients and engage in negotiations and settlements discussions.

The temporary ability to practice law will lapse if the graduate does not sit for the reschedule exam in September or apply for an extension.

Candidates should go to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners’ website for further information regarding their applications and the upcoming exam.

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