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We are a profession in crisis. The pace of our practice is not sustainable. We need to remove barriers in place for people to get help, and 12b, we believe, is a barrier to the bar. We’re advocating strongly that the court remove that question so that it’s not a detriment to people getting help.
— New Jersey State Bar Association President Jeralyn Lawrence, in comments given to the New Jersey Law Journal, on the efforts being made by the NJSBA and the deans of Seton Hall Law and Rutgers Law to get the judiciary to eliminate mental health questions from the New Jersey bar exam’s character and fitness application. Bar applicants are currently asked to disclose any mental health issues and their treatment. New York removed all mental health questions from its bar exam application in 2020. Click here to read the letter sent by Lawrence and both law schools’ deans to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
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