Local law students concerned about taking bar exam in person during coronavirus pandemic
As North Carolina grapples with increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, local law school graduates are concerned about taking the in-person bar exam next month.Posted — Updated
More than 750 people are signed up to take the bar exam scheduled for July 28-29. The state Bar of Law Examiners plans to keep test takers spaced out at three different locations. With an in-person test as the only options, some law school graduates fear for their safety.
Completing law school is no easy task.
"It's grueling, a good way to put it," said Aaron Ellis, a Campbell University School of Law graduate.
"We are worried about safety, we're worried we're going to go through all this studying and then go to the exam and feel unsafe," Prybol said.
Ellis worries about getting exposed to coronavirus while testing and then possibly infecting family members.
"My son, he's 10 months old, and he has a kidney condition," Ellis said.
"We are aware of that option, but it's really not practical for North Carolina," Herrick said.
Taking the bar exam safely is critical for people like Ellis to get to work.
"A lot of us have job offers that are going to require licensure and admittance to the bar before you can start," Ellis said.
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