States delay or cancel bar exams, leave many law graduates in limbo

After graduating from UC Irvine, Emily Croucher moved across the country to pursue her dream job and spent 400 hours studying for Kentucky’s bar exam in July. Then Kentucky canceled its bar and became one of a handful of states that have turned to digital tests as an alternative. “I am high-risk for COVID. I have asthma. And I was willing to die to take this test, which I think says a lot about how much this exam means and how it – your entire career depends on this moment,” said Croucher. She is currently on her first week on the job as a public defender, a job she took with the understanding she’d only have limited responsibilities until she passed the bar.