Of the 12 Harvard University graduate schools whose students will necessarily be affected by the July 1 draft deadline, the Law School has found perhaps the most complete solution to the problem. Combined efforts of committees on the separate State Bar examinations and cooperating Federal draft deferment provisions have made it possible for the 399 third year law students, with almost no exceptions, to take their Bar exams after finishing school in June.
Massachusetts Allows Deferment
Twenty of the states give their bar exams before July 1 anyway, and New York, which examines by far the largest number of men, is one of this group. But there are twenty-two others, led by Massachusetts, who give their exams during July, August and September.
On March 7, Lewis B. Hershey, Deputy Director of the Selective Service System, issued an official ruling to all State Directors permitting the local boards to "defer such a registrant in Class 1-A for a relatively short period pending such examination." This solved the problem for most of the students.
The remaining states, including Vermont and New Jersey, examine in October and November. It is a question whether the few men from these states would be included within the limits of deferment "for a short period of time."