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State supreme court asked to consider new licensure paths for lawyers

The Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners has adopted a task force report suggesting supervised practice or law school experiential-learning programs as bar exam alternatives for attorney licensure.

The report, released June 18, does not call for ending the bar exam. It has been submitted to the Oregon Supreme Court for consideration, the Oregonian reports.

“We produced something that I think takes a really holistic approach to licensure. The [uniform bar exam] is still there for those who want it, but for those who go to school in Oregon, there is the [Oregon experiential pathway], and there’s a supervised practice pathway for those who come from out of state,” Brian Gallini, dean of the Willamette University College of Law who is also a member of the Oregon task force, told the ABA Journal.

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