Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Remote Bar Examinees Report Blank Screens, Lost Time, Panic, And Looking 'Death In The Eye', Remote Bar Examinees Report Blank Screens, Lost Time, Panic and Looking 'Death in the Eye':

Law school graduates taking the remote bar exam Tuesday and Wednesday are reporting technical failures, blank screens, tears and overwhelming stress.

Widespread reports detailed lost time ranging from a few minutes to an hour and a half. The problems centered on the ExamSoft program used for the test.

“I am not an emotional person at all, but ExamSoft’s software going black and turning off the camera during the bar exam a short while ago had me in tears,” Brooklyn Law School graduate MacKenzie Olson said in a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon. She added, “#abolishthebar.”

“Computer froze in the middle of bar exam essay question today,” Stanford Law JD Nicholas Wallace said on Twitter Tuesday. “Thankfully the exam started working after I restarted my computer, but it was fun to look death in the eye for a few minutes.” ...

The National Conference of Bar Examiners—the group that designed the test— acknowledged the problems Tuesday and hinted help would be on the way.

“We are aware of the technical issues some examinees faced during today’s administration,” the group said in a Twitter post. “While NCBE does not administer the exam, we are communicating with ExamSoft to seek solutions for those affected.”

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