Missouri has become the first state to adopt a uniform bar exam intended to provide lawyers with more flexibility in moving across state lines. Others considering a uniform bar exam include Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Washington, D.C. Passing a uniform exam would not guarantee permission to practice in other states, as each state could set its own passing grades and other conditions. "The idea is to have lawyers moving across state borders with greater ease," said Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. "That's a huge benefit to new law graduates in these economically uncertain times."

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