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Preparing for the Bar Exam: Bar Exam Update

Bar Exam Update Chart

This chart tracks the current status of the bar exam in selected states. Only the states where May 2020 Regent Law graduates plan to sit for the examination (as indicated by the Law Records Office) are listed. If your state is not included, please contact Professor Magee at willmag@regent.edu.  The Law Library is providing this chart for your convenience and will frequently monitor changes HOWEVER, please conduct your own due diligence by checking with your State Bar to ensure you are receiving the most current information. (You can also check for changes at the NCBE website.) Changes can occur rapidly in this fluid situation. State abbreviations are linked to their respective state bar websites. Note that the most common responses thus far have been to: 1) monitor the ongoing situation in close communication with the NCBE; 2) maintain the current July schedule; 3) postpone the examination; and/or 4) provide some form of supervised temporary licensing. A limited number of states are considering petitions for an “emergency diploma privilege” which would allow license conferral without an examination.                    

STATE BAR EXAM DATE TEMPORARY LICENSING DEGREE ONLY REQUIREMENT NOTES                                                                                                                                         
AK September 9-10 No information No information Rescheduled. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, the Alaska Bar Association is limiting the number of seats available for the September 9 & 10, 2020 bar exam. As of May 6, we have reached our seating limit and are unable to accept any additional applications at this time.  The Alaska Bar does not offer courtesy seating. More information on seating capacity can be found here (Information current through 6/16/2020.)  
AR July 28-29  No information No information

Exam will be administered at the Robinson Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. If unable to administer the exam as scheduled a date in September will be selected.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

AZ               July 28-29 Limited licensing under supervision of an attorney. No information

Plans to administer July exam, but recognizes possibility of rescheduling. Monitoring situation. See Letter dated April 7 from CJ Brutinel.

IMPORTANT UPDATE  See Arizona Administrative Order on conditions for sitting for the July bar exam. The 14 day requirement to reside in Arizona is not currently in effect. July 2020 Applicant COVID Declaration is now posted and must be submitted by June 30, 2020.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  


CA
September 9-10 Uncertain Petition by students

The Board of Trustees has sent its letter of recommendation to the CA Supreme Court.  Click here for letter. The CA Supreme Court postponed the bar until September 9-10.  The court wants the bar exam to be administered online if possible.

For further CA State Bar COVID-19 updates click here.

UPDATE: The California Supreme Court on June 10 issued a letter updating its April 27 guidance regarding the fall California Bar Exam. The Court “will consider moving the exam to October 5-6, 2020 after the State Bar assesses its online administration of the First-Year Law Students’ Examination on June 23 and the feasibility of upscaling that administration to the full exam in the fall.” The State Bar’s May work plan for delivery of the First-Year Law Students' Exam and options for the fall bar exam both in-person and online is here. 

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

CO July 28-29 No information No information Some requirements have been suspended. See site for details. 

  Should the public health environment require that the next bar examination not occur on July 28 and 29, it will be rescheduled for September 30 and October 1, 2020. If that occurs, all applicants who submitted a timely July examination application under C.R.C.P. 203.4 will be automatically registered for the September 30-October 1 bar examination, with the application fee transferred to that exam. If the September 30-October 1 bar examination cannot be held, the application fees for that examination will be automatically transferred to the February 2021 bar examination. 

UPDATE: Testing Protocols for the July 2020 Administration of the Colorado Bar Examination – 6/12/2020: Please see the announcement here regarding the testing protocols for the July 2020 bar exam.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

DE September 9-11 No information No information

The examination is rescheduled to September 9-11, 2020. Further details will be posted and communicated to the 2020 applicants as they become available. Please see bar exam site for more details on registration.  

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

DC September 9-10 No information No information

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals plans to administer the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”) on September 9-10, 2020, pandemic-related conditions and restrictions permitting. Social distancing protocols as a health and safety measure will be implemented, which will almost certainly limit the available seating.

See the May 4th D.C. Court of Appeals Order here.

The application process will be re-open with two day notice prior to receiving new applications.

UPDATE: In light of continued pandemic conditions, recently released recommendations for reopening the District, and the overwhelming demand for seats for the DC Bar Exam, the Court of Appeals has decided to administer a remote DC Bar Exam with questions prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. This remote exam will be administered on October 5th and 6th and will test the same topics as the Uniform Bar Examination. For the Court's June 10 Order on the October remote DC Bar Exam, click here.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

FL July 28-29 No information Petition by students

"Evaluating whether it is possible to administer exam as scheduled." Filing deadline extended until May 15. Student request for licensing by degree only submitted. Florida law school deans support 24 month practice license under attorney supervision and then full licensure.

UPDATE: The Board will administer the July 2020 General Bar Examination at the Tampa Convention Center and the Orange County Convention Center to create additional space for social distancing. The Board will assign each applicant to either Tampa or Orlando. The Board has been working closely with the Florida Department of Health (“FDOH”) and other medical experts to identify and implement protocols that the FDOH requires for the safe administration of the exam for all involved, including applicants, administrators, and proctors.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

ID July 28-29 No information No information

Idaho is currently planning to administer the July bar exam as scheduled   In close contact with the National Conference of Bar Examiners and other jurisdictions in considering possible options. Continuing to accept applications for the July 2020 bar exam until the final application deadline of April 15, 2020.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

MD September 9-10 No information  No information 

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an administrative order on May 26, 2020, postponing the July 2020 Bar Exam due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The UBE is tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 9-10, at multiple locations, which will be determined and announced at a later date. There will be no new, additional, or extended application filing periods because of this delay. Applications timely filed by the May 20 filing deadline will be carried over automatically to the September administration. 

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

MI July 28, 2020 No information No information

UPDATE: The Michigan Supreme Court announced that the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) will administer a one-day bar exam on July 28, 2020, in the form of a remote, online essay-format exam instead of the traditional two-day in-person examination. 

For More information, please review these links:

MI Bar Exam Announcent

Administrative Order 2020-15

Initial July 2020 Online Bar Exam Information

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

NJ September 9-10 Limited licensing under the supervision for attorney in practice for at least 3 years, No information

New Jersey bar examination will not be administered on July 28 and July 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. Postponed until September.. Note that those that have completed registration need take no further action. Those still completing the application process may do so.  For full details on limited practice consult NJ Board of Bar Examiner's website.  Click here for filing deadlines for the September exam. 

UPDATE: 2020 law graduates requesting permission to temporarily practice law, under supervision of a New Jersey licensed attorney, as an interim measure due to the postponement of the July 2020 bar examination (as a result of COVID-19) pursuant to the Supreme Court’s temporary relaxation of  Rule1:21-3, must make that request on the form designated by the Board of Bar Examiners.  The “2020 Law Graduate Certified Application for Temporary Supervised Practice of Law (due to COVID-19)” form can be found at: www.njbarexams.org, under the “Other Forms” tab. 

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

NM September No information No information

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the July 2020 bar exam until September 2020, specific dates to be announced.  See NM Sup. Ct. Order No. 20-8500-015. Individual applicants have been contacted by email with additional information about the postponement.  

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

NY September 9-10 Temporary licensing under the supervision of NY attorney licensed for at least 3 years. No information

The application period for the rescheduled examination is presently scheduled to open on May 5, 2020 at 12:00 AM and to close on May 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM.  All NY law deans support 18 month license under attorney supervision and then full licensure. "The Board will be required to prioritize groups of candidates and expects to announce a staggered start for and necessary limitations on applications."  Smaller venues are being sought to administer the exam in September. 

As a result, the application process for the September exam will proceed on a rolling basis as space permits. From Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:00 A.M. through Friday, May 15 at 11:59 P.M., applications will be accepted from any J.D. or LL.M. candidate who is sitting for the bar examination for the first time and who has graduated (or will graduate in Spring 2020) from one of the fifteen law schools located in New York State: Albany Law School, Brooklyn Law School, University at Buffalo School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Columbia Law School, CUNY School of Law, Cornell Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, New York Law School, New York University School of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, St. John’s University School of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, or Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. If seating remains available, the Board will then open the application period to a larger pool of candidates.

UPDATE:  Chief Judge of NY allows for those applicants waiting to take the bar to temporarily practice law under the supervision of an attorney licensed in NY for at least three years. 

A third application period will be open from June 13 through June 16.  Beginning on Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, applications will be accepted from any candidate who graduated with an LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited law school located outside of New York, and who has not previously sat for a bar exam in any U.S. jurisdiction. The application period will close on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Please note that, at this time, seating cannot be guaranteed to candidates who register during this application period

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

NC

July 28-29

Alternative Date:

September 9-10

No information No information

"The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners (“NCBLE”) presently intends to administer the July 2020 bar examination on July 28-29, 2020. If the July 2020 examination cannot be administered as scheduled, the NCBLE intends to administer the North Carolina bar examination on September 9-10, 2020." 

UPDATE: To access the “Notice to Applicants regarding COVID-19 requirements for the July 2020 North Carolina Bar Examination,” please CLICK HERE.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

OH September 9-10 No information No information

UPDATE: Applications to sit for the July Bar Examination will automatically be rolled over to the September Bar Examination. 

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

PA September 9-10 Limited Licensing No information 

Candidates who have filed an application to sit for the July bar exam are automatically registered the rescheduled date.  Deadline for application is May 30, 2020.  No extended time for registration and no late fees to be assessed. 

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

TN 

July 29-30

OR

September 30 - October 1

Licensing modification.  See order. No information

"The Board does not know if, when or where a Fall 2020 UBE administration will be, and an application cannot be transferred to the February 2021 exam until after applications have closed for the July 2020 exam. Applicants must complete the July 2020 exam application process to be eligible to transfer applications and fees. Applications for the July 2020 exam are open. The initial deadline is May 1 and the final deadline is May 20 for applicant-provided documents and the undergraduate transcript and June 1 for the law degree verification only."

The Tennessee Supreme Court has entered an order temporarily modifying certain provisions of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7. The Order extends the time to practice law pending admission for recent law school applicants or attorneys licensed in another jurisdiction who recently moved to Tennessee and apply for admission by examination. 

Consult TBLE website for updated information.

UPDATE: "The Supreme Court has announced that in addition to the July Exam (July 29 – 30, 2020), the Board of Law Examiners will offer an examination on September 30 – October 1, 2020 (the “October Exam”) in Knoxville, Tennessee. "

UPDATE 5/11/2020: The Supreme Court has entered an order confirming that a Uniform Bar Examination will be administered in July 2020 in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Further, the Court approved new Board Policy P-4.03, which specifies that each exam location will seat fewer applicants and establishes a protocol for determining which applicants will be seated at the July examination and which will be seated at the October examination.   

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

VA July 28-29 No information No information

"The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation."  Modification of some application requirements.  Application Modifications for Admissions Without Examination.  See VBBE website for details.  Changes have been made on what is tested on the Virginia portion of the bar. The Board has revised the list of subjects tested on the Virginia Essay portion of the Virginia Bar Exam.  Click here for details.

(Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS

NCBE COVID-19 UPDATES (Information current through 6/16/2020.)  

NCBE JULY 2020 BAR EXAM: JURISDICTION INFORMATION UPDATES  (Information current through 6/16/2020.)