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Another state cancels its July and September bar exams because of COVID-19 concerns

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In light of COVID-19 concerns, Kentucky canceled on Thursday its July and September bar exams, which would have been in-person tests. The state now plans to use the National Conference of Bar Examiners remote test, which is scheduled for early October.

The bar exams were canceled “to protect the health and safety of bar applicants, employees and volunteers,” the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions stated on its website.

The state’s number of coronavirus cases are rising to levels last seen in March, the Louisville Courier Journal reported Thursday.

Also, the Kentucky Supreme Court entered a temporary order July 9 that allows limited licensing, with attorney supervision, for anyone who applied to take the July or September bar exams.

It’s comparable to an ABA resolution approved by the ABA Board of Governors in April, which applies to recent graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who have not previously taken a bar exam.

See also: “Some states are devoted to in-person July bar exams, despite health risks from COVID-19”

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