Our vision of Diploma Privilege:
We recommend that Court of Appeals waive the Md. Rule 19-201(a)(3) UBE requirement for all July 2020 Maryland Bar applicants. Waiving the UBE requirement means that bar applicants must still have (1) completed the pre-legal education requirements for admission to a law school approved by the American Bar Association; (2) graduated with a juris doctor or equivalent degree from a law school located in a state and approved by the ABA; (3) achieved a qualifying MPRE score; (4) successfully completed the Maryland Law Component of the admission requirements; and (5) established good moral character and fitness for admission to the Bar. We are suggesting that, in place of the UBE, the Court of Appeals could consider requiring applicants to complete CLE learning hours or a number of supervised attorney hours.
In support of our July 31, 2020 petition to the Court of Appeals, University of Maryland School of Law's Dean Tobin and University of Baltimore School of Law's Dean Weich submitted a joint letter to the Court of Appeals on August 5, 2020 urging the Court to adopt Diploma Privilege Plus. We are extremely grateful to have such supportive Deans.
In support of DP4DC, DP4MD submitted a Diploma Privilege comment to the District Court of Columbia Court of Appeals.
In response to our July 31, 2020 Petition, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an order on August 13, 2020 requesting Maryland State Board of Law Examiners: (1) provide the Court with an update on the plans for the remote bar examination that addresses the concerns detailed in our Petition, specifically the technological and logistical concerns; and (2) extend the deadline for applicants to request a refund to Friday, August 28, 2020.