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Tennessee adds fall bar exam after reducing seating for July test, allows longer supervised practice

Seating is limited for would-be lawyers taking the Tennessee bar exam in July, so the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has taken the unprecedented step of scheduling a fall exam to help accommodate those who didn’t get a seat.

Afternoon Briefs: Oregon top court keeps stay-at-home orders intact; Michigan plans modified bar exam

Oregon top court halts lifting of stay-at-home orders

The Oregon Supreme Court stayed a judge’s injunction Monday evening granted to 10 churches challenging the state’s ban on religious services. The…

Expanded online law school classes could continue under plan endorsed by ABA legal ed council

The council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar would have more authority to enact short-term, emergency policies and procedures for schools under a proposed law school accreditation rule change endorsed Friday by the council.

Afternoon Briefs: Open-industry legal platform tested; panel considers future of California bar exam

Tech platform pioneered by 3 law firms will synchronize legal projects

Three law firms have pioneered a new open-industry platform called Lupl to collaborate with corporate clients on complex legal…

Afternoon Briefs: Bar exam pass rate hits new low in California; Ben & Jerry’s ‘happy cows’ suit tossed

California’s February bar exam pass rate drops to less than 27%

The pass rate for California’s February 2020 bar exam was 26.8%, which, according to the Recorder, is a record…

Indiana plans remote July bar exam, and Nevada considers open-book test

Indiana will have a July bar exam, administered remotely and shortened to one day, the state supreme court announced Thursday.

Afternoon Briefs: Group wants bar passage standard delayed; Justice Ginsburg leaves hospital

Group asks for suspension of two-year bar passage standard for ABA-accredited law schools

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Society of American Law Teachers has asked to suspend an ABA accreditation…

Florida announces plans for July bar exam with masks and thermometers

The Florida bar exam will take place in July, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced Tuesday. Masks will be required for test-takers, proctors and administrators, and people coming from out of state might have to quarantine for 14 days.

If states want July bar exam, NCBE will have testing materials

Some states have postponed the July bar exam because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the National Conference of Bar Examiners determined Tuesday that there will be a sufficient number of examinees to release July exam materials.

California announces online bar exam, but how will it work?

If the novel coronavirus pandemic leads to online remotely proctored bar exams, controlled test-taking environments, one of the most equalizing factors, will be eliminated. Such scenarios raise questions about whether exam results would be fair or valid.

New York limits bar exam to in-state graduates because of coronavirus concerns

Because of space concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the New York bar exam will now be administered at law schools there. And for now, applications are limited to people who graduated in the state.

California bar exam will be postponed and administered online

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the California bar exam is postponed from July until Sept. 9 and 10, and the state supreme court wants the bar to be online with remote or electronic proctoring.

First state plans for online bar exam if in-person test is not possible

If the novel coronavirus pandemic prevents a bar exam from being safely administered in person, the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners will offer an online test, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced Thursday.

Utah is first state to grant diploma privilege during novel coronavirus pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Utah Supreme Court approved temporary diploma privilege Tuesday for individuals who are scheduled to take the July bar exam and graduated from ABA-accredited law schools with first-time bar passage rates of at least 86%.

Average multistate bar exam score drops to new low, raising concerns about bar pass rates

The average scaled score for the multistate bar exam dropped to a new low of 132.6 for February test-takers, raising concerns that bar pass rates will also drop.

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