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Law Student Loses Case|Over Late Exam Uploads

(CN) - A former Utah law student was not denied due process when he was disqualified from the Bar exam for failing to upload his answers to the Internet on time, the Utah Supreme Court ruled.

Ryan McBride asked the state's highest court to admit him to the Bar without passing the exam or to force the Bar to grade his test and admit him if he properly passed the exam.

McBride finished his answers to the essay questions on the day of the test, but he failed to upload them. When he arrived the next day to take the multiple-choice portion of the test, he was sent home.

Justice Jill Parrish ruled that McBride was not denied his constitutional rights because he received seven warnings of the upload deadline and the consequences of missing it.

McBride and one other test taker missed the deadline, out of the 243 examinees that day.

"We conclude that any one of the seven notices given to Mr. McBride was sufficient to satisfy the notice prong of procedural due process," Parrish ruled.

The state Supreme Court ruled on the case despite its mootness due to the public-interest doctrine, as McBride has since passed the test and was admitted to the Bar.

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