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State bar exam rule relaxed

MINNEAPOLIS — The state Supreme Court has relaxed a rule that allowed only those who graduated from an accredited law school to take the Minnesota bar exam.

Under the court's new ruling, a graduate of a non-accredited school may take the bar exam in Minnesota, as long as that person has been admitted to practice in another state. There are 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, including four in Minnesota.

Attorney Eric Cooperstein is chairman of the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Cooperstein said one possible result of the court's ruling is that the competitiveness of unaccredited law schools will drive down the cost of an education.

The new rule goes into effect Sept. 1.

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