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Mass. Bar Examiners To Review Headwear Rule

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The executive director of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners says it may revisit rules regarding headwear after a Muslim woman was mistakenly asked to remove her headscarf during an exam.

Board rules require prior approval for headwear to prevent people from concealing materials that could be used to cheat on the lawyers' exam.

Iman Abdulrazzak tells The Republican newspaper she had received that approval prior to taking a portion in Springfield on Aug. 1.

But in the middle of the exam, a proctor asked her to remove her hijab because it had not been approved. The problem was cleared up during a break with a call to the board, which confirmed Abdulrazzak's request for a religious exemption.

The board's director told The Boston Globe the mix-up was "unfortunate"

This program aired on August 13, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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