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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 7/30/2020.)  

AZ              

July 28-29

OR

October 5-6

Limited licensing under supervision of an attorney. No information

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.

UPDATE:

In addition to offering the July Uniform Bar Examination, the Arizona Supreme Court has determined it will also offer an October remote bar examination on October 5th and 6th 2020. Applicants who applied for the July Uniform Bar Examination may elect to sit for that examination, the October remote examination or transfer their application to the February 2021 Uniform Bar Examination. If you have requested a refund or transferred your application to the February Uniform Bar Examination, you may also request to sit at the October remote examination. You may not sit for both the July Uniform Bar Examination and the October remote bar examination.  Please see this news release by the Arizona Supreme Court.  See also this Letter by the Chief Justice to recent law graduates on practice pending options.

Please see this link for Arizona October Remote Testing FAQs

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  


CA
September 9-10 Uncertain Petition by students

UPDATE:

On July 16, the California Supreme Court announced it will permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam to 1390 and released plans for an exam administered online October 5-6. Registration for the October exam is extended through July 24.

The State Bar will also expedite creation of a provisional licensure program under supervision for 2020 law school graduates—effective at least until June 1, 2022, or until they can take and pass a California bar exam. Read the Court's letter to the State Bar.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

CO July 28-29 No information No information

The Court presently intends to hold the Colorado bar examination, which is a Uniform Bar Examination, as scheduled on July 28 and 29, 2020. 

UPDATE: 

The Court issued an Emergency Rule Concerning Certification for Limited Practice as a Graduate Before Admission By Examination. The rule, C.R.C.P. 205.8, is triggered if the July 2020 bar examination is postponed, and allows recent graduates to engage in supervised practice pursuant to the conditions outlined in the rule. Applicant eligibility requirements to qualify for this limited practice certification are in the rule. Please see the rule here.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

DE Cancelled No information No information

UPDATE:

The Supreme Court of Delaware announced that, due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Delaware bar examination has been canceled. The Supreme Court and the Board of Bar Examiners are working to implement a temporary limited practice rule that will allow many of this year’s bar candidates to perform legal work in Delaware, under the supervision of a Delaware lawyer, until the next administration of the Bar Exam.

Applicants who registered for the 2020 exam will be provided with information on the temporary limited practice rule once it is available.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

DC October 5-6 No information No information

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 7/30/2020.)  

FL   No information Petition by students

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces that the in-person administration of the General Bar Examination scheduled for July 28 and 29, 2020, in Tampa and Orlando, is canceled. In its place, the Board will administer an online bar examination on August 19, 2020. Please see the board's press release dated July 1, 2020 for specific information about the online examination.

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces a change to the date of the August 2020 Bar Examination. To avoid a conflict with the August 18, 2020 primary election in Florida, the August 2020 Bar Examination will be administered on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The board has revised the test specifications for the subjects of Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts, UCC Articles 3 and 9, and Wills. The revised test specification can be found on the page for Exam Information, Test Specifications, Study Guide, and Virtual Tour.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

ID July 28-29 No information No information

Idaho is planning to administer the July 2020 bar exam as scheduled on July 28-29. The Idaho Supreme Court issued a letter directing the Idaho State Bar to also administer the October 2020 remote bar exam created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The remote bar exam will be given on October 5-6, 2020. See the FAQ’s for information about the October 2020 remote bar exam.

You must make your election to take either the in-person July 2020 bar exam or the October 2020 remote bar exam no later than Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Make your election by completing this online form.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

MD October 5-6 No information  No information 

In response to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners (SBLE) has determined that it cannot safely administer an in-person Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in September 2020.  As such, the SBLE recommended to the Court of Appeals of Maryland that the SBLE be authorized to administer an online, remotely proctored Maryland Bar Exam using questions prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), as described in NCBE’s June 1, 2020 public announcement.   

On June 17, 2020, the Court of Appeals of Maryland approved the SBLE’s recommendation and authorized the remote administration of the Maryland Bar Exam. The remotely proctored Maryland Bar Exam will be administered on October 5 and 6, 2020, and will test the same topics as the Uniform Bar Examination.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

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 7/30/2020.)  

NJ October 5-6 Limited licensing under the supervision for attorney in practice for at least 3 years, No information

The Supreme Court has announced that, due to the gaining strength of the COVID-19 pandemic in many areas of the country and the resulting serious threat to health and safety, the September 9th and 10th, 2020 in-person administration of the New Jersey Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is canceled. An alternative, remotely-proctored examination for admission to the New Jersey bar will be offered on October 5th and 6th, 2020 in lieu of the UBE.

For full details and requirements, under this Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, click here.

2020 law graduates who are eligible for temporary supervised practice of law and who submit their “2020 Law Graduate Certified Application for Temporary Supervised Practice of Law (due to COVID-19)” form by July 1, 2020 will receive expedited review by the Committee on Character. Such applicants are strongly urged to make every effort to submit all supplemental documents by that date. 

 

The “2020 Law Graduate Certified Application for Temporary Supervised Practice of Law (due to COVID-19)” form can be found under the “Other Forms” tab on the NJ Bar website. 

 

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

NM September 9-10 No information No information

New Mexico is currently operating under a state of emergency, as established by the governor. The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the July 2020 bar exam until September 2020.  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 7/30/2020.)  

NY October 5-6 Temporary licensing under the supervision of NY attorney licensed for at least 3 years. No information

In light of accelerating public health concerns and continuing governmental restrictions, the September 9-10, 2020 bar exam is cancelled. New York will administer the emergency remote option offered by NCBE, on October 5-6, 2020.  Candidates registered for the September exam will be automatically registered for the October remote exam. 

As previously announced, the Chief Judge has approved a program designed to provide temporary authorization for qualified law graduates to engage in the supervised practice of law. To formally implement the program, the Court has amended its rules, effective July 22. As provided in the Court’s amended rules, the temporary authorization program is available to all first-time takers of the bar examination employed in New York, including both J.D. and LL.M. candidates, irrespective of their graduation year. Once authorized, eligible candidates will be permitted to work under a qualified supervising attorney prior to their admission to the bar and to perform, subject to supervision, many of the functions of admitted attorneys across the State. Candidates may remain in the program through their formal admission to the bar, so long as candidates pass their first bar examination no later than 2021 and promptly seek admission to the bar following the release of exam results. The Court's order can be accessed here.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

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."

Please also review the Note from the Chair of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

UPDATE: 

Due to the unique and extraordinary circumstances involved with the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners has reduced the passing score for the July 2020 and February 2021 North Carolina Bar Examinations.To view the announcement, please CLICK HERE.

Click here to view all announcements.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

OH October 5-6 No information No information

UPDATE: 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and for vital safety, logistical, and planning considerations concerning the administration of the exam, the in-person September exam is postponed. A remote exam shall be administered on Oct. 5-6, 2020.

In all discussions regarding the Bar Exam, The Supreme Court of Ohio is working with public health officials to monitor and assess proper safety measures for exam administration. Additional information regarding both the particulars of the Bar Exam, and changes to Practice Pending Admission during the Admission to the Practice of Law Process for recent law school graduates, will be forthcoming.

Applications to sit for the July Bar Examination will automatically be rolled over to the September Bar Examination. The deadlines for submitting an application to take the bar examination and the re-examination application remain the same.

Please see: (1) the Ohio Supreme Court Order; (2) View FAQ; and (3) the Practice Pending Admission for Recent Graduates

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

PA October 5-7 Limited Licensing No information 

The Board has rescheduled the July 2020 bar exam to October 5-7, 2020, as described in this announcement (pdf). Additionally, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has authorized a limited license for July 2020 bar exam applicants.

The Board has determined that the rescheduled October bar exam will be administered remotely. In light of this, an additional 75 applications will be accepted. The application period will be reopened on Monday, July 20, 2020, at 6 a.m. The application period will close when 75 applications have been submitted or at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, whichever is earlier.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

TN 

October 5-6

Licensing modification.  See order. No information

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an Order canceling the Fall 2020 Bar Examination and Approving Administration of an online, remotely-proctored Admissions Assessment. The online Admissions Assessment will consist of 1 MPT item, 3 MEE questions and 100 MBE questions, all being released by the NCBE specifically for the online test. The Admissions Assessment will be administered October 5 – 6, 2020, and will result in a score that can be used for admission in Tennessee.

The Order and Press Release can be found here. On that same page is a link to the FAQs the Board has prepared regarding the online Admissions Assessment.

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

VA

July 28-29

OR

September 10

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.

UPDATE: 

The Board has authorized an additional exam date for Thursday, September 10, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. Any applicant timely filed for the July 2020 Bar Exam may elect to take the July 2020 exam as currently scheduled, OR a September 10, 2020 essay only exam, OR carry forward their application to the February 2021 exam (carry forward fees have been waived).  The September Exam will be held in Richmond. You may elect to take the July or the September exam, but not both.See VBBE website for more details

(Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS

NCBE COVID-19 UPDATES (Information current through 7/30/2020.)  

NCBE JULY 2020 BAR EXAM: JURISDICTION INFORMATION UPDATES  (Information current through 7/30/2020.)