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7th Circuit Holds Wisconsin Supreme Court's Diploma Privilege May Violate Commerce Clause

The plaintiffs, and the certified class they represent are graduates of accredited out-of-state law schools who want to practice law in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Supreme Court admits newly minted graduates of state law schools to practice without requiring them to take the bar exam. Wisconsin is also among the 38 States that provide admission on motion to experienced attorneys. Plaintiffs argued Wisconsin’s “diploma privilege” discriminates against graduates of out-of-state law schools who would like to practice law in Wisconsin. The 7th Circuit published decision written by Judge Posner remanded the case for a determination of whether the challenged favoritism for Wisconsin law school graduates violates the Commerce Clause. See PDF http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/fdocs/docs.fwx?submit=rss_sho&shofile=08-2527_004.pdf
The case was remanded to allow plaintiffs an opportunity to prove their claims.

Hat tip: Inside Higher Ed. and ABA Journal Daily Newsletter [abajournalereport@abanet.org]

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