Washburn Law professors David Rubenstein and Marsha Griggs discuss best practices for online bar exam administration

1 April 2021

BLOOMBERG LAW — Online bar exams administered during the pandemic were marked by controversy around the use of proctoring using artificial intelligence and allegations of cheating. Washburn University School of Law professors David Rubenstein and Marsha Griggs say regulation and best practices are needed, since online exams are here to stay.

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Georgia Bar Exam will be held remotely in July

1 April 2021

FOX 31 — The Georgia Bar Exam will be held remotely for a third time due to COVID-19. The announcement from the Georgia Supreme Court came Wednesday morning as more than 1,000 applicants are expected to take the test that is required for licensure in Georgia and will be given July 27 and 28.

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Kentucky Supreme Court to review University of Kentucky Student Bar Association’s request to remove mental health question from bar application

1 April 2021

WTVQ ABC 36 — The Kentucky Supreme Court has responded to a request from Kentucky Student Bar Association Presidents to get rid of a question regarding mental health on the bar exam. The letter also says it’s committed to addressing the high rates of depression, anxiety, addiction and suicide within the profession.

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Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section connects lawyers, professors, and students

18 March 2021

THE FLORIDA BAR — The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Law School Liaison Committee recently launched a project designed to convene conversations between ADR professionals and Florida law schools. “Our goal was to create a Florida-wide ADR network by connecting law school ADR professors, law students, and ADR practitioners.”

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Advice for first-time bar exam takers

18 March 2021

THE NATIONAL JURIST — Studying for the bar exam the first time can be intimidating. Not only do you need to learn a huge amount of material in a short period of time, you need to apply it under pressure on test day! If you’re wondering how to maximize your bar prep, you’re in luck!

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Colorado Supreme Court announces remote bar exam for July 2021

18 March 2021

GREELEY TRIBUNE — The summer 2021 Colorado Bar Examination will be held remotely due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Supreme Court said Wednesday. “The February exam was successfully administered remotely to more than 300 applicants seeking licensure in Colorado.”

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Wisconsin Supreme Court expands student practice rules and allows supervised practice for out-of-state law graduates

18 March 2021

STATE BAR OF WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has approved a petition that gives law students earlier opportunities for practical, hands-on experience through a rule that lets law students represent clients under the supervision of an attorney. The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission filed a petition requesting modernization.

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UMass Law professor John Rice presents at ABA Young Lawyers meeting

18 March 2021

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW — UMass Law Professor John Rice presented a six-minute oral argument at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Mid-Year Assembly calling upon the ABA to take leadership initiative in developing model rules and best practices for administering bar examinations and bar admissions.

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Nine jurisdictions plan remote bar exam for July 2021

12 March 2021

ABA JOURNAL — California’s July 2021 bar exam will be remote, the California Supreme Court announced Friday. The first testing day, on July 27, will consist of five one-hour essay questions and a 90-minute performance test, according to the administrative order. A total 200 multiple-choice questions will be given July 28.

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July California Bar Exam to be administered remotely

12 March 2021

COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE — The California Supreme Court said Friday the state bar exam must once again be given remotely given the ongoing pandemic preventing the traditional format. The test will be issued remotely this summer in a two-day format that begins on Tuesday, July 28 and runs through Wednesday, July 29.

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