The Military-Spouse Attorney Fight for Licensing Accommodations Merits National Attention

Harriet O’Neal
Enduring a bar exam every two to three years is not a viable option.

Enduring a bar exam every two to three years is not a viable option.

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Remember how daunting the bar application and examination were? Imagine going through that process every two to three years. That is the reality for many military spouse attorneys (i.e., an attorney married to someone in the military) because the average service member relocates that often. For military spouse attorneys, this means multiple bar examinations, constant employment searches, in perpetuum networking, and often a gap in employment history. Unfortunately, the legal profession largely ignores this reality except for when military spouse attorneys appear before supreme courts and bar associations to challenge unfair rules. The impact of military service too often is detrimental to a military spouse attorney’s career. Thus, there is a growing fight for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys across the country.

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