Paul L. Caron

Monday, June 29, 2020

July Bar-Takers Raise Concerns About In-Person Exam

Missouri Lawyer, July Bar-Takers Raise Concerns About In-person Exam:

While officials from the Missouri Board of Law Examiners say they are working to ensure the safety of everyone who is present during the upcoming July bar exam, some test-takers say they are growing increasingly anxious about testing in person in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

In the past week, in-person bar exam testing has come under greater scrutiny as recent graduates across the country have echoed the anxieties of test-takers in Missouri. One such Twitter thread that illustrated the plight of test-takers, shared by Alyssa Leader, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, was shared more than 2,300 times and received more 6,200 likes.


News & Observer, NC Bar Exam to be Held In-Person Despite Coronavirus Health Concerns:

About 750 people are expected to sit for the North Carolina bar exam in Raleigh next month despite calls to move the test online as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in the state. ...

For Britni Prybol of Raleigh, the in-person test is one more thing to stress about as she studies for the exam. The 33-year-old mother graduated from law school at Campbell University last month while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer.

“If I’m not going anywhere, (not) even sending my child to camps this summer, it’s unfair to ask me, after everything I’ve been through, to come sit through this bar when more reasonable accommodations exist,” Prybol said. “There’s no possible way for them to administer the bar safely.” ...

Alyssa Riley of Raleigh, plans to take the bar exam in July. She questions the NCBLE saying it is holding the test in person for security reasons.

“I don’t know anyone that would risk their entire legal career after going to school and spending upwards of $200,000 to cheat on an exam and risk their whole future,” Riley said.

Riley’s brother-in-law died in Ohio in April of complications from the coronavirus. She doesn’t want to risk her or her fellow test takers’ health by taking the exam in person.

“I don’t expect people so educated to be so backward on things. I’m at a loss on how (the NCBLE) thinks this is safe,” Riley said. “I would love to know who in the science community they spoke to that gave the green light on this.”

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