find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Law student set to sue over bar exam oversight

Law student set to sue over bar exam oversight

A disabled law graduate is taking the bar association to court so that she may sit the bar exams.

Sarah Granda, a paralysed law school graduate in the United States is going to court to try to force the State Bar of California to allow her to take the bar exam, reports ABC News.

Granda said a "ridiculous snafu" is preventing her from taking the exam now. The state agency, which covers all of Granda's expenses, paid her registration fee using a cheque instead of a credit card, however, the bar association only accepts credit card payments.

Paralysed from the neck down, Granda, 29, hopes the California Supreme Court will force the California State Bar to allow her to take the bar exam.

"To have it kind of fall through is more than just upsetting," said Granda, who has spent countless hours preparing for the bar exam. "Itjust seems to be such an incredible oversight."

The appeal comes just days after a federal court said it did not have the jurisdiction to force the Californian State Bar Association to lether take the test, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in on the case, throwing his support behind the UC Davis law school graduate.

In a statement, Schwarzenegger urged the state bar to overturn its decision and allow Granda to sit for the test.

"It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalised by a bureaucratic error," he said.

The federal court said it was "incredibly sympathetic to plaintiff's position," and recommended Granda file an emergency application with the state supreme court.

The state is covering Granda's fees because she is disabled. She receives $870 a month in state disability payments, and does not own a credit card.

"We are sympathetic to her case," said Diane Curtis, spokeswoman for the California bar, "but our hands are tied by statute."

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Law student set to sue over bar exam oversight
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...