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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Demand to take ND bar exam biggest since 1983

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The prospect of doing legal work for North Dakota's oil industry has made the state bar exam more popular than it's been since 1983.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The prospect of doing legal work for North Dakota's oil industry has made the state bar exam more popular than it's been since 1983.
    The North Dakota Board of Bar Examiners reports 95 people began taking the exam Tuesday. That's a 42 percent increase since a year ago, and the highest number since 1983, when 110 people took the North Dakota bar.
    North Dakota's test can be used to apply for the bar in other states. The bar board says the "portability" of the test and the prospect of oil industry legal work are two reasons for the increase in test takers.
    The bar board says there's also an increase in requests from veteran lawyers who want to skip the exam and be admitted to practice law in North Dakota.

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