Disabled Student Able to Take Bar

California Supreme Court allows grad to take exam

DAVIS, Calif. -- A disabled UC Davis Law School graduate will be allowed to take the State Bar exam after all.

Sara Granda said she got a call Monday afternoon telling her she'd be allowed to take the exam.

The California Supreme Court said it would allow her to take the July 2009 Bar Exam provisionally, subject to some conditions.

Granda, who is paralyzed from the neck down because of a car crash, said she failed to qualify for the exam because the state paid her $600 registration fee by check, instead of paying online with a credit card. The state is paying because Granda is disabled. Her only source of income is an $870 a month state disability payment, and she doesn't have a credit card.

She called the discrepancy a "ridiculous snafu."

A federal court judge on Friday denied the 29-year-old UC Davis law school graduate's request for an order prohibiting the State Bar of California from preventing her from taking the test.

On Monday morning, the State Bar filed a request for guidance with the California Supreme Court on how to proceed with Granda's effort to take the bar exam.

Sacramento attorney Stewart Katz took her case before the California Supreme Court. Granda will now be able to take Tuesday's exam.

UC Davis School of Law expressed its support Monday for Granda.

"Sara Granda has faced challenges most of us can only imagine. We were all proud to see her graduate and wish her enormous success," Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law, said in a statement. "We have seen her overcome many other obstacles, and we are glad this issue has been resolved quickly."

"I'm glad they made the right decision & I wish her luck," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a Twitter post.

KCRA.com contributed to this report.

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