Earlier today, Louisiana became the fourth jurisdiction to grant emergency COVID-19 diploma privilege, wisely following in the footsteps of Utah, Washington, and Oregon. These four states rejoin Wisconsin and New Hampshire, both of which have long offered diploma privilege, once the national standard for bar admission.
Two days ago, @LadyLawyerDiary put out a call on Twitter:
Law school graduates are a highly educated, highly accomplished crowd. All law school graduates hold undergraduate and graduate degrees and have completed years of legal training. Many hold other master’s and doctoral degrees in addition to their law degrees. Many have important jobs awaiting them. Many have high-paying jobs awaiting them.
Yet, this year, these bright, young future lawyers have been reduced to begging for money from practicing attorneys. And their pleas are far from frivolous.
Earlier today, the Oregon Supreme Court approved diploma privilege in a 4-3 vote during a public meeting held via video conference.
Oregon is now the third state to grant diploma privilege in the wake of COVID-19. Wisconsin has also long offered diploma privilege to graduates of Wisconsin law schools.
Following the lead of the deans of Washington and Oregon’s law schools, who won diploma privilege for their graduates, law school deans in Texas and California have taken up the fight in their states.