Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Status Of July Bar Exam, August MPRE Exam

National Conference of Bar Examiners, COVID-19 Updates:

Will the July bar exam be administered as scheduled?
The bar exam is administered by individual jurisdictions, not by NCBE. We are in close contact with jurisdiction bar admission agencies as they consider possible options for the July exam in the event that shutdowns and prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect.

Will the August MPRE be administered as scheduled?
At this time, the MPRE scheduled for August 11 and 12 at Pearson VUE testing centers is scheduled to proceed as planned. Any changes will be communicated with candidates via email and posted on our website. Pearson VUE is posting related updates to its website.

Karen Sloan (, July Bar Exam Alternatives Under Consideration Amid COVID-19:

The July bar exam is still more than four months away, but a group of legal educators are imploring bar officials to make a decision now about alternatives to the licensing exam amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a working paper titled “The Bar Exam and COVID-19: The Need for Immediate Action,” the authors—11 law professors and education policy experts—lay out six options for how to deal with the law students who are graduating this year, arguing that it will be impossible to administer the bar exam in the traditional manner this year. ...

If the bar exam is not administered, students would be held in a limbo for months without alternative approaches to attorney licensing, and in certain parts of the country, there could be a pressing need for lawyers.

But Judith Gundersen, the president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners—the entity that develops the test—said Monday that jurisdictions should not rush into any decisions about the July exam.

ABA Journal, March LSAT Canceled and National Conference of Bar Examiners Monitoring July Bar Exam

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