The push for an emergency diploma privilege in New York is picking up steam, with more than 300 law school professors joining the fray.

The professors on Tuesday sent a letter to New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and several key state law makers endorsing a temporary diploma privilege that would allow law graduates to bypass the bar exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their letter comes less than a week after the deans of all 15 American Bar Association-accredited law schools requested a diploma privilege. The court on July 16 announced that the planned in-person bar exam on Sept. 9 and 10 was canceled but did not provide alternative licensure plans beyond the extension of a program in which law gradates may practice under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

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