Lawyers and Lawsuits

Becoming a Lawyer

Do all states require individuals to take a bar exam to practice law?

All states require applicants to take the bar exam except for the state of Wisconsin, which provides that students who graduate from law school in Wisconsin are automatically licensed to practice law in the state. This benefit for Wisconsin school grad is called the state diploma privilege. It means that law graduates from Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University do not have to take the Wisconsin Bar Exam.

However, there is a currently a federal lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of this diploma privilege. It was filed by a lawyer who took the Wisconsin Bar Exam but was not entitled to the diploma privilege because he graduated from a law school in Oklahoma.


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