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New York and Illinois join others moving to October online bar exam; another jurisdiction grants diploma privilege

In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Another state cancels September bar exam and replaces it with online test over COVID-19 concerns

On Monday, Georgia canceled its in-person September bar exam because of public health concerns stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

California announces online October bar exam, lowered cut score and supervised practice

California will have an online multiple-choice question bar exam in October, the state supreme court announced Thursday.

New York cancels September bar exam, and considers NCBE’s October offering

New York’s September bar exam has been canceled, the state court of appeals announced on its website Thursday.

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Louisiana backs out of in-person and remote July bar exams, and New Jersey cancels as well

Instead of following a May plan to shorten the Louisiana bar exam from three days to one, and offer it in person and online, the state announced Wednesday that both July tests will be canceled.

Tennessee cancels in-person bar exam for the second time and switches to NCBE remote test

Following a recent order that its July bar exam was rescheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, the Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday canceled that test as well over public health concerns. It is now offering the online exam prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners on Oct. 5-6.

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

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.

Some states are devoted to in-person July bar exams, despite health risks from COVID-19

As various states cancel in-person July bar exams because of COVID-19 concerns, others appear undecided or even committed to keeping things as is—even in places experiencing significant infection increases.

Despite an increase in coronavirus cases, Arizona keeps plan for in-person July bar

Despite public health concerns, Arizona is going forward with its plans for an in-person bar exam on July 28 and 29, but it will also offer a remote bar in October, the state supreme court announced Wednesday.

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

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

Oregon is third state to grant diploma privilege, while Tennessee cancels its July UBE

The Oregon Supreme Court approved temporary diploma privilege Monday, for in-state graduates and people who graduated from ABA-approved law schools with first-time bar passage rates of at least 86%.

Many would-be lawyers are allowed to practice law without exam in Washington state

Graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who are registered for the July or September bar exam in Washington state can skip the test and still practice law.

As some law grads prepare for an online bar exam, academic support experts offer advice

Most states planning remote bar exams because of the novel coronavirus pandemic have cut the dreaded multiple-choice multistate bar exam portion of the test. But that doesn’t mean that the test will be easier to pass, according to some academic support experts.

California keeps plans for online bar exam, but test date may be pushed back again

Following an earlier announcement that the California bar exam for July would be pushed back to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Supreme Court has announced that the test may be moved to October.

Revised bar pass standard may be less absolute than some thought

When the ABA in May released public notice that 10 law schools were out of compliance with a recently tightened up bar pass standard, there was some surprise as to which school didn’t make the list.

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