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State Bar & Bar Associations

Mar. 25, 2024

The Pacific Northwest has embraced making the bar exam optional

Several states, including California, have been considering alternative pathways to lawyer licensure. Washington and Oregon have now made the bar exam optional.

Robert Weinstock

Attorney, Law Office of Robert Weinstock


Most States, including California, have been pondering the idea of alternative pathways to lawyer licensure.

Most bar associations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, have opposed the proposal of allowing licensure by bypassing the bar exam and instead requiring an internship and submission of work product to the State Bar for approval.

However, two states, Washington and Oregon, have now made t...

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