Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Will Paper Bar Exams Become A Thing Of The Past?

ABA Journal, Will Paper Bar Exams Become a Thing of the Past?:

While there’s significant disagreement on how the bar exam should change, many believe it will, and there’s a wide range of ideas about what should happen.

So far, suggestions for change include breaking the test into smaller segments and administering part of it in law school; replacing essay questions with performance tests; and doing away with the licensing exam entirely. ...

32 jurisdictions that use NCBE materials have announced they are giving a remote bar exam in February. Some of those jurisdictions will have the Uniform Bar Exam, which was not available in the October online administration.

“If the NCBE is already prepared to do a full online UBE in February, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do it in July, too, says Deborah Jones Merritt, a professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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