Judge Rules Aliens Can Take Bar Exam

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge ruled that Louisiana cannot keep foreigners from taking the state bar exam just because they aren’t permanent residents of the United States, the Associated Press reports.

The Louisiana Supreme Court decided earlier this year that foreigners staying in this country on temporary visas cannot take the exam. That is arbitrary and unconstitutional discrimination, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ruled this week.

The court is sure to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, especially since it convinced another federal judge to throw out a related case, Vincent J. Booth, who argued the case for the American Civil Liberties Union, said Saturday.

“I can’t tell you that I’ve ever seen a case where, on appeal, the court was confronted with two diametrically opposed decisions. So it should be interesting,” said Booth, who represented British attorney Caroline Wallace and Emily Maw of Wales, who graduated in May from Tulane Law School.

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