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COVID TESTING - As if the bar exam wasn’t nerve-wracking enough before. Karen Sloan reports that Mississippi is plowing forth with its plan to administer its July bar exam, but test-takers should probably bring an extra writing utensil—to sign a waiver indemnifying the state Board of Bar Admissions and the state Supreme Court from liability should they contract COVID-19 during the two-day exam. While the board said there is a “strong desire” among test-takers and the state’s two law schools to hold the exam ASAP, some legal academics are criticizing the waivers, saying they illustrate precisely what’s wrong with holding in-person bar exams during a pandemic.

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