States outline July bar exam plans

20 May 2020

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BAR EXAMINERS — The following jurisdictions have made announcements about changes regarding the July 2020 bar exam. We will continue to update this page as we receive information from the jurisdictions. See our NCBE COVID-19 Updates page for more information about the coronavirus and NCBE exams and services. To contact a jurisdiction directly, see Jurisdiction Information.

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Indiana hosts virtual bar admission ceremony

20 May 2020

THE INDIANA LAWYER — However, hosting the event as normal by bringing together a couple hundred people at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis was not possible in a time when stay-at-home orders, social distancing, masks and disinfectant wipes are part of everyday life. The Indiana Supreme Court adjusted to the unprecedented conditions by moving….

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New York to prioritize bar exam access for in-state law school graduates

14 May 2020

ABA JOURNAL — The exam is scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, and the application process runs from May 5 to 15, according to an April 30 notice on the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.

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Experts weigh-in on California online bar exam plan

14 May 2020

ABA JOURNAL — If the novel coronavirus pandemic leads to online remotely proctored bar exams, controlled test-taking environments, one of the most equalizing factors, will be eliminated.

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Opinion: Law faculty propose alternatives to New York bar exam plan

14 May 2020

BLOOMBERG LAW — The decision to postpone the New York bar exam until September and limit the number of seats is misguided: It puts up barriers to new attorneys in the state just as the Covid-19 pandemic is creating a need for legal work. Four law professors—members of the Collaboratory on Legal Education and Licensing for….

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Florida bar exam scheduled for July without back-up dates

14 May 2020

ABA JOURNAL —  The Florida bar exam will take place in July, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced Tuesday. Masks will be required for test-takers, proctors and administrators, and people coming from out of state for the exam might have to quarantine for 14 days “or some other time period,” before the administration starts,….

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Indiana July bar exam to be given as a one-day remote test

14 May 2020

THE INDIANA LAWYER — Indiana Chief Justice Rush signed an order Thursday outlining the plans for the state’s bar exam. Because of the continued need to social distance during the global COVID-19 emergency, the court took this unprecedented step.

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NCBE is ready with materials if states offer July bar exam

14 May 2020

ABA JOURNAL — Some states have postponed the July bar exam because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the National Conference of Bar Examiners determined Tuesday that there will be a sufficient number of examinees to release July exam materials.

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List of states and jurisdictions delaying the July bar exam

11 May 2020

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BAR EXAMINERS — The following jurisdictions have made announcements about changes regarding the July 2020 bar exam. We will continue to update this page as we receive information from the jurisdictions. See our NCBE COVID-19 Updates page for more information about the coronavirus and NCBE exams and services. To contact a jurisdiction directly, see Jurisdiction Information.

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Texas to offer July bar exam and add September test date

11 May 2020

LAW 360 — The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday announced the July state bar exam will take place as scheduled unless public health concerns prohibit it, and added a September bar exam date to the calendar to accommodate extraordinary circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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