Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Indiana Supreme Court, Remote Bar Exam To Be Held With Adjustments:

IndianaThe Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ordered adjustments to the August 4 remote bar exam. The adjustments come amid pandemic social distancing and unforeseen technical complications with the exam software. The exam will be held next week with an open book format and without the exam software. ...

In May, Indiana announced it would conduct a one-day remote bar exam in July for more than 500 applicants. Recently, practice test sessions revealed software complications and the test was postponed. The software testing company, ILG Technologies, was unsuccessful in correcting the problems which prevented some users from logging onto the test and created typing delays for other applicants.

Today, the Court announced the exam will be held remotely with an open book format, with no live monitoring or proctoring. Applicants will receive the exam questions by email and submit responses by email to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. The adjustments allow the exam to be administered with fairness and without the hurdle of the unpredictable exam software.

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Not a terrible solution to a difficult situation. The stress and logistical nightmare that follows from a failed online bar exam is not worth it. Email will never fail for a technical glitch. The relative advantage to having open book will be offset by the unique obstacles that exist in this exam administration. Nice work.

Posted by: JM | Jul 30, 2020 7:58:11 AM

Lordy, Lordy! Way back when I took (and passed on the first try) the Virginia and Texas Bar Exams ... open book would have helped (as Justin Wilson would say) some none at all. Because of the time constraints. Are these exams timed?

Posted by: Jim Brock | Jul 30, 2020 8:23:17 AM

This is the first Taxprof headline I think I've even seen with an ALL CAPS CLAUSE. Is there some implicit editorial message meant here, I wonder?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jul 30, 2020 10:54:55 AM