November: Recommended for admission to the Arizona Bar (I had to track down a few documents for character and fitness)
December: Admitted to the Arizona Bar
Total Time: ~15.5 months
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Here’s how it would work if 3Ls can take the February exam:
Mid-August â€“ Mid-December: Fall Semester
Mid-December â€“ February: Study for & Take the Bar Exam
March â€“ April: Special Condensed Spring Semester â€“ Focusing on Preparing to Practice Law
Early May: Results Out
Late May or June: Admitted to the Arizona Bar
Total Time: ~10 months
When I first heard about this program, I had some concerns, but they were put to rest when I heard that students wouldn’t be allowed to take classes while studying for the bar exam and they will probably have to prove that they’re registered for and have a plan for studying for the bar exam. They also will have to demonstrate that they’re on track to graduate the following May.
Taking the bar exam during 3L would be a brutal workload, but a disciplined motivated student could do it. It would suck to fail the February bar exam and turn around and study for the July test. On the flip side, if students pass, they could work in the legal field, take another state’s bar exam, work another job, or relax and travel starting in the summer after finishing law school.
The biggest downside I see to this proposition is that it will be harder for law students to take all the electives they want during school, especially courses that are only offered once every other year, but that can be at least somewhat remedied with an independent study.
I hope the Arizona Supreme Court allows 3Ls to take the February bar exam, at least on a trial basis. The Supreme Court is taking comments on the proposal until May 21st if you want to share your thoughts on this idea.