Willamette Law dean Brian Gallini recommends alternative pathways to law licensing beyond the bar exam

July 14, 2021

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY — After months of study and review, a task force of Oregon attorneys and legal educators issued a formal recommendation that the state consider other ways for recent law school graduates to show competency beyond the traditional bar exam.

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ABA releases bar exam pass data for 2020 law graduates

July 1, 2021

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION — The Managing Director’s Office of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released today a new set of bar passage data outcomes for ABA-approved law schools that provides national “ultimate” and first-time pass rates based on race, ethnicity and gender.

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ABA data shows racial disparities in bar passage

June 29, 2021

BLOOMBERG LAW — Paving a path for minority lawyer candidates needs to start well before law school to tackle long-standing racial disparities, attorneys said. “The pipeline begins with the legal profession playing a role in addressing inequality in the education system—K through 12,” said Dayna Bowen Matthew.

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Virginia Law deans recommend adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination in the state

June 29, 2021

VIRGINIA LAWYERS WEEKLY — The eight deans of Virginia’s law schools unanimously have recommended that Virginia adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, according to a letter sent to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners earlier this year.

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New York State Bar Association task force asks state to drop Uniform Bar Examination and create new test

June 29, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — A task force of the New York State Bar Association has recommended that the jurisdiction adopt its own bar exam and stop using the uniform bar exam, which is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The recommendations were approved by the bar association’s house of delegates June 12.

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ABA announces LGBTQ Public Interest scholarship recipients

June 29, 2021

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION — The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has awarded three law students LGBTQ Public Interest scholarships. The scholarship program is aimed at law students or graduates who are either LGBTQ or who will be doing public interest work in the LGBTQ space.

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Tips on staying focused while studying for the bar exam

June 29, 2021

THE NATIONAL JURIST — The bar exam is rough. In this short piece, we’ll focus on just a few motivation tools.  A quick caveat, serious mental health and wellness challenges are real and rising in law student and attorney populations.

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National Conference of Bar Examiners reverts to in-person only bar exams in 2022

June 15, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — Law grads taking bar exams developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners next year should expect to take the test in person. The NCBE announced Tuesday that its test materials will be made available to jurisdictions only in an in-person form beginning in February 2022.

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Advice on avoiding bar preparation burnout for law students

June 15, 2021

THE NATIONAL JURIST — After surviving three years of law school stress, what’s several weeks of bar prep? The truth is that the limited time frame, the unique nature of the pressure, and the sheer volume of material leaves many bar exam takers feeling like they’re on an emotional rollercoaster.

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Bar examiners reflect on February test administration

May 20, 2021

BAR EXAMINER –As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt day-to-day life, jurisdictions throughout the country continue to grapple with safely administering the bar exam to ensure that candidates can take the exam and have the opportunity to become licensed to practice law.

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