California’s law school deans on Thursday pleaded with state Supreme Court justices and state bar leaders to skip the fall bar exam and grant diploma privilege to candidates for the 2020 test.

Deans from University of California, Berkeley, UC Hastings, UC Irvine, UCLA and other law schools gathered on a private Zoom meeting with Justices Goodwin Liu, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Joshua Groban, as well as state bar executives, to discuss prospects for a fall exam. The UC deans said they argued that current proposals for an in-person September exam or an online October test appear unfeasible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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