Paul L. Caron

Friday, May 6, 2022

D.C. Limits Seating For July Bar Exam, Sparking Outcry, 'Tremendously Disruptive': DC Court of Appeals Limits Seating for July Bar Exam, Sparking Outcry:

DC Bar (2020)Law school deans across the country have expressed outrage over the D.C. Court of Appeals’ May 2 announcement that seating for the July 2022 Uniform Bar Exam will be limited to 1,100 and that preference will be given to students from D.C.-area law schools.

The standard administration of the July 2022 Uniform Bar Exam will take place at the D.C. Armory on July 26 and 27 with the seating capacity for the exam set at 1,100, which includes all standard and accommodated seating with registration closing once the seating capacity is reached, according to an announcement on the D.C. Court of Appeals website.

This morning, a letter, signed by more than 100 law deans, was sent to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, expressing concern about the limited seating. ...

The D.C. Court of Appeals announcement states:

“Priority registration on May 12 to May 17 is restricted to first time bar exam takers who have been, or will be awarded a Juris Doctor degree by Oct. 26 from law schools located in the District of Columbia,” including:


  • American University, Washington College of Law.
  • Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.
  • David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.
  • George Mason, Antonin Scalia Law School.
  • George Washington University Law School.
  • Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Howard University School of Law.

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