ILLI­NOIS BAR EXAM DE­LAYED AGAIN, WILL BE HELD RE­MOTELY IN FALL

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Matthew Hen­drick­son

The state’s bar exam will be de­layed for a sec­ond time and held re­motely in early Oc­to­ber be­cause of health con­cerns over the “once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion” coro­n­avirus pan­demic, the Illi­nois Supreme Court an­nounced Thurs­day,

The exam, which is held twice a year, was first de­layed in July and pushed to Sept. 9 and 10. The exam will now be held on­line be­tween Oct. 5 and 6.

Row­land Ed­wards, who grad­u­ated from Loy­ola Univer­sity’s School of Law in May, said the higher court’s de­ci­sion put him and his peers in a tough po­si­tion.

Ed­wards had ac­cepted a po­si­tion with the Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice and had ex­pected to start in Au­gust. When the bar exam was de­layed in July, his start date was pushed to De­cem­ber. Now, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to work as a pros­e­cu­tor this year, or if the po­si­tion will still be avail­able to him.

“This was def­i­nitely a life ac­com­plish­ment for me,” Ed­wards, of Edge­wa­ter, said of the job of­fer. “The feel­ing of un­cer­tainty around all this has been re­ally hard.”

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