A group of Florida lawyers has asked the Supreme Court for an emergency amendment to Bar rules and Bar admission rules to allow recent law school graduates who are entering military judge advocate service to be admitted as Bar members without taking the bar exam.

The emergency petition, signed by 50 Bar members and filed on September 2, said other states have taken similar steps in light of the difficulty of administering in-person or online bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the proposed rules, if the affected graduates remain in the military, they would not have to take the bar exam to maintain their Bar membership. But if they leave the service and have not taken the exam, they would have to comply with all requirements of Bar admission rules.