Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 21, 2020

February California Bar Exam Will Be Online; Committee Recommends Provisional Licensure For July 2015-Feb. 2020 Takers Who Scored 1390-1439

Supreme Court of California:

California Bar ExamCourt Issues Order for February 2021 Bar Exam to be Administered Online (Nov 19, 2020):
The Supreme Court of California on Thursday issued an order to administer the February 2021 California Bar Examination online. The exam will take place on Feb. 23 and 24, with the State Bar given discretion to grant in-person testing for those needing accommodations. The Supreme Court in July permanently lowered the passing score from 1440 to 1390.

The Recorder, State Bar Committee Endorses Alternative Path to Law License:

A state bar committee on Friday endorsed a path to full licensure for certain recent law school graduates who have taken but not passed California’s bar exam.

The Provisional Licensure Working Group adopted two sets of supervised practice requirements that, if completed, would allow those who scored between 1390 and 1439 on an exam administered between July 2015 and February 2020 to join the bar without having to take the exam again. The change is aimed at about 2,000 applicants who would have passed the exam if the new 1390 cut score, and not the previous 1440 mark, had been in place at the time.

The first recommendation would require those who took the bar exam between July 2015 and February 2017 to perform 480 hours, or 12 40-hour weeks, of legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney. That number would decrease to 360 hours for those who took the test between October 2017 and February 2020.

The second recommendation would raise the work requirements to 600 hours and 400 hours respectively.

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