Utah looks to be the first jurisdiction to embrace a temporary diploma privilege program amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which will allow recent law graduates to be admitted to practice without taking and passing the bar exam.

The Utah Supreme Court late Thursday released a proposed order amending its bar admission procedures on an emergency basis to allow recent and upcoming graduates of American Bar Association-accredited law schools that posted a first-time bar passage rate on last July’s exam of 86% or higher to be admitted in the state without sitting for the test.

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