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NCBE Announces plans for a remote option for the February 2021 bar exam
October 22, 2020
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) recently announced plans for a remote option for the upcoming February 2021 bar exam. The following is posted on the NCBE website:
To provide flexibility to jurisdictions and candidates as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCBE plans to make a full set of bar exam materials available for a remote administration in February 2021 to be held on the same dates as the in-person administration (February 23–24, 2021). Each jurisdiction will select which mode it will use for its administration.
NCBE plans to equate the MBE, calculate scaled scores for the written components, and provide UBE and MBE score transfer services for both the in-person and the remote administrations.
Additional details will be announced in the next few weeks as jurisdictions and NCBE completes their review of the October remote administration, which was the first time the bar exam has been given to candidates testing in their own environments using their own computers.
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NCBE’S ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE FEBRUARY 2021 BAR EXAM
As of October 27, 2020
National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Announcements: To provide flexibility to jurisdictions and candidates as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCBE plans to make a full set of bar exam materials available for a remote administration in February 2021 to be held on the same dates as the in-person administration (February 23–24, 2021). Each jurisdiction will select which mode it will use for its administration.
The NCBE plans to equate the MBE, calculate scaled scores for the written components, and provide UBE and MBE score transfer services for both the in-person and the remote administrations.
Jurisdiction Information: The jurisdictions listed below have made announcements about changes regarding the February 2021 bar exam. We will continue to update this page on a rolling basis as we receive information. See the NCBE COVID-19 Updates page for more information about the coronavirus and NCBE exams and services. To contact a jurisdiction directly, see Jurisdiction Information.
Note: Jurisdictions continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. While the information provided here is current as of the posting date, this information is subject to change as jurisdictions adjust their plans according to the evolving situation. You are strongly advised to consult with the jurisdiction’s bar admissions agency directly for the most current information.
On October 20, the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announced that the February exam in Connecticut will be administered remotely.
The District of Columbia Committee on Admissions announced on October 27 that the February 2021 exam will be administered remotely.
The Court of Appeals of Maryland announced on October 21 that, upon the recommendation of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, the February exam in Maryland will be administered remotely.
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners has announced that the February exam in Massachusetts will be administered remotely.
The New Hampshire Office of Bar Admissions announced on October 29 that New Hampshire will administer the February bar exam remotely.
The New York Court of Appeals, in consultation with the New York Board of Law Examiners, announced on October 21 that New York will administer a remote bar exam in February.
The Republic of Palau Supreme Court announced on October 30 that it will administer the Palau Bar Examination on February 24-26, 2020 and that the exam will not be administered in July 2021.
The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on October 19 that it will administer a remote bar exam on February 22-24.
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