On Thursday August 20, 2020, the Maryland Court of Appeals opened a comments regarding Diploma Privilege. The Court is asking members of the community, inclusive of non-legal community members, to weigh in on whether July 2020 Bar applicants should be barred via Diploma Privilege Plus. 

Comments are due MONDAY August 24, 2020 by 4:30 pm. You must submit your comment All comments should be directed to the Maryland Court of Appeals Clerk’s Office by this deadline and can be provided by email at
COACLERKOFTHECOURT@MDCOURTS.GOV or delivered to the Court of Appeals at 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Md., 21401. 

We have drafted a template for non-bar applicants to submit to the Court. We encourage ALL Maryland Bar applicants and bar applicants of other states to submit a personal comment to the Court. Personal stories humanize applicants. Please consider sharing the hardships you've personally experienced. This is your time to speak directly to the Court. Please be respectful in your comment. If you are not comfortable submitting your comment, please email it to us at by SUNDAY Aug 23, 2020. We will submit it on your behalf and keep your identity anonymous. 

On Aug 30 2020, DP4MD submitted questions to the SBLE & Jeff Shipley (Director of the SBLE)  re: October exam + the temporary practice option. While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we are appreciative that the Court provided some alternative to those who are able to utilize it.

We encourage all applicants to continue studying for the October exam. We will continue to monitor the exam status and post updates on socials. Our advocacy strategy has shifted to a mitigation one. In doing so, we will continue to work to provide examinees with appropriate testing accommodations & resources. DP4MD advocates will spend the next five weeks preparing for the exam, as everyone else does too.

Our advocacy for Diploma Privilege is Maryland is not over. Once the exam is over, we will continue to advocate for Marylanders. However, for now, we all must accept the reality that the October exam is happening (one way or another). Please review our questions to see our mitigation related asks of the SBLE.

We are still here for you all. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at

In solidarity, DP4MD