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Bar examiners remove a bar

According to the state Board of Bar Examiners, it was regrettable miscommunication — not religious discrimination — that led a proctor to ask a Muslim woman to remove religious headwear while she was taking the bar exam in Springfield this month.

Whatever the motivation, the incident prompted a necessary review that led the board to establish that headwear worn for religious or medical reasons is permitted, without any special approval. It’s a smart rule that will spare proctors from uncomfortable decisions and some law students from unnecessary anxiety.

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