Taking a cue from its neighbor, Wisconsin, Iowa is looking at a proposal to let graduates of its two law schools — University of Iowa and Drake — skip the bar exam if they plan to stay in Iowa to practice. Grads would still have to clear character and fitness, achieve a passing score on an ethics exam, and take an Iowa-specific law and procedure course. The Iowa bar exam has not had an Iowa-law-specific component since 2008. The proposal is backed by the Iowa State Bar which says the law would allow Iowa's law grads to begin to reduce their law school debt by earning income as a lawyer right away. The proposal is pending before the Iowa Supreme Court. Wisconsin is the only other state in the country with a so-called "in-state diploma" privilege.
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