California bar exam takers say facial recognition software rejected them

In the run-up to the exam, an online group called United for Diploma Privilege demanded that the California Supreme Court and other jurisdictions admit law graduates to the bar without taking the test, in line with steps other states have taken during the pandemic. The group sent letters to the court and petitioned to make their case for emergency diploma privilege but has so far been rebuffed, said Pilar Escontrías, a recent graduate of the UC Irvine School of Law and a spokesperson for the group in California.