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Susan Smith Bakhshian clinical professor of law, director of bar programs at LMU Loyola Law School. Susan Smith Bakhshian, clinical professor of law, director of bar programs at LMU Loyola Law School. Courtesy photo

The California Supreme Court’s announcement instructs the State Bar and law schools to do the impossible during ordinary times. To suggest these changes in the midst of a global pandemic is thoughtless at best and dangerous at worst. The court claims to have sought “the safest, most humane and practical options.” It has failed on all fronts.

Without knowing how the temporary licensing provisions will operate, it is impossible for recent graduates to make an informed decision about taking the October exam. Yet the only guidance the Supreme Court provides the Bar is that the temporary licensing must last two years and include a 15-day public comment period. This is not “practical.”

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