High Court Keeps 'Diploma Privilege' Rule

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Graduates of Wisconsin's two law schools still won't have to take the bar exam to practice in the Badger state.

 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Monday decided to keep Wisconsin's so-called diploma privilege in tact.

The justices rejected a proposal from a group of lawyers who wanted to end the practice. Their proposal was to all law school graduates to skip the test or to require everyone to take it.

Wisconsin is the only state where in-state law grads get to practice without having to take the dreaded exam. Those who graduate in other states have to pass the test, which can be an expensive and time-consuming process.

Critics argue the practice is discriminatory but supporters say University of Wisconsin and Marquette University law grads are prepared well to practice here.

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