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Efrain Hudnell, a 2020 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and co-founder of United for Diploma Privilege.

Efrain Hudnell is something of a unicorn: He’s a May 2020 law school graduate who is already licensed to practice and on track to start his new job this fall as a prosecutor in King County, Washington. Hudnell, a graduate of Seattle University School of Law, was able to bypass the bar exam through Washington’s emergency diploma privilege program—an alternative licensing avenue he and other student bar association leaders from the state’s three law schools successfully lobbied for amid concerns that an in-person bar exam was too risky for some people. Thus far, Utah, Washington, Oregon and Louisiana have adopted emergency diploma privileges amid the pandemic. But thousands of other law graduates are in limbo as they wait either for in-person exams in September or for online tests in October. Some have seen their licensing tests postponed more than once, and the formats drastically altered.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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