DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Supreme Court has decided against adopting a home diploma privilege for law students.
The ruling, issued by Chief Justice Mark Cady on Friday, means law students graduating in Iowa will still have to pass the bar exam before they can practice.
The proposal would have done away with the bar exam for students from Drake University and the University of Iowa’s law schools.
The court says they considered 155 written statements and accounts from 25 witnesses during a public hearing before they made its ruling.
The court also set a timeline for improving the admission process for lawyers ensuring greater efficiency.
Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to adopt diploma privilege.