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Uniform Bar Exam

Last month, the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar invited the state’s legal community to provide input on whether or not the state should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. The board hosted three hearings – the first two were in Springfield and Carbondale. The third was in Chicago last Friday, and we caught it on video to help show how the UBE consideration process is working the ABA’s home state.

Speaking on the record at the event in favor of the UBE were:

  • Diane F. Bosse, Chair of the New York State Board of Law Examiners
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean of the DePaul University College of Law
  • Daniel Kotin, President of the Chicago Bar Association
  • Daniel R. Thies, Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission, & Competence
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law 2L Sandra Gallant-Jones and 3L Miranda Hernandez
  • Bria Riley, a 2L at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago

They spoke before three members of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar: Board President Brian F. Towne, Arlene Y. Coleman, and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Dean Harold J. Krent, an ex officio member of the board and liaison to law school deans. Dean Krent has also spoken in favor of the UBE.

Gallant-Jones is also the ABA Law Student Division’s 7th Circuit governor. She did not speak on behalf of the ABA. Here is her portion of testimony:

Public comment will still be accepted through Dec. 5. And then:

After the close of the public comment period, the Board will review and analyze the submitted comments along with the testimony from the public hearings and incorporate these materials in preparing a final recommendation to the Illinois Supreme Court on whether to adopt the UBE in Illinois.

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