Bar Exam

New York bar exam planned for September; Hawaii postpones exam, too

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The New York Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that the bar exam will take place shortly before or after the Labor Day holiday. Also, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is looking into supervised practice for law school graduates.

“The expansion contemplated would allow private sector attorneys and law firms, as well as government offices and legal aid organizations, to apply to the appellate division for practice orders, and to allow such orders to include law graduates who are awaiting the administration of the first bar examination following their graduation, as well as law graduates who are awaiting results of the bar examination and meet the required criteria,” the court stated on its website.

Also on Tuesday, the Hawaii Supreme Court in an order announced that its July bar exam will be rescheduled for some time in the fall.

When New York announced March 27 that it would be postponing its July bar exam because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it was the first state to do so. On March 30 the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners and the state supreme court there made a similar announcement, which was posted online, as did the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.

See also: “What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered in light of COVID-19?”

Updated April 1 at 11:57 a.m. to add information about the Hawaii bar exam.

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