Court Revives Suit Against Wisconsin Law School Rules

July 13, 2009

A federal appeals court last week revived a lawsuit challenging the policy under which graduates of law schools in Wisconsin need not take the state's bar exam to practice law, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The ruling returned the case to a lower court, which had rejected the case, urging consideration of the question of whether the state's policy violated the Constitution's ban on limits on interstate commerce by effectively discouraging Wisconsin residents from enrolling in law schools out of state, as the plaintiff in the case did. The appeals court ruling also noted that only a portion of the state's bar exam focuses on Wisconsin law and that the rest may well cover material that would be taught in similar ways at out-of-state law schools.

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