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In light of COVID-19 public health interests, 2 more states opt for online bar exams

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Massachusetts and Florida announced Wednesday that they will administer remote bar exams because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Massachusetts exam is postponed until October, according to a state FAQ page. Florida’s test will be given Aug. 18, the state supreme court announced July 1.

Scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, the Massachusetts test will consist of one multistate performance test, three multistate essay examination questions and two sessions with multistate bar exam questions, with 50 questions each.

Because the test will not be the full Uniform Bar Exam, scores won’t be portable. But Massachusetts is working on reciprocity agreements with other jurisdictions, according to the website.

In Florida, the August bar exam will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions.

Prior to Wednesday, Massachusetts had plans for an in-person UBE, scheduled to take place Sept. 30 and Oct 1. The Florida bar, previously planned to be in-person, was scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Updated July 1 at 1:03 p.m to add information about the Florida bar exam.

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