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Michael Ariens, professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law.

On July 3, the Supreme Court of Texas canceled the July 2020 bar examination, kept a September in-person bar examination, ordered the creation of an October remote bar examination and somehow failed to offer an alternative licensure option despite five justices calling for one. The court correctly noted that “[i]n recent weeks, the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas has changed significantly.” Despite understanding the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, the court failed to meet the challenge of re-thinking how to assess minimum competency in the practice of law.

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