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2020 Delaware Bar Exam applicants may yet get to practice law this year

Delaware Public Media

Delaware is allowing some of the state’s 2020 bar applicants to practice law in a limited way. 

This year’s bar exam was ultimately cancelled as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam had been scheduled to take place in mid-September at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. 

Now the Delaware Supreme Court is adopting a limited practice privilege for applicants who qualify. 

It will allow eligible applicants to appear in court under the supervision of an experienced Delaware lawyer up until next year’s bar exam. 

The order requires applicants to not have failed the Delaware Bar Exam on two or more occasions. They must also pass a character and fitness investigation. 

In a statement, Chief Justice Collins Seitz said, “It is our hope that many Delaware Bar applicants can take advantage of this opportunity and get started with their legal careers while we continue to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic.” 

A release from the courts says the order was put in place to help ameliorate the hardships candidates face after the cancellation of the 2020 exam. 

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