July 2021 Bar Exam and Bar Review Updates in Light of the Pandemic

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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.

If you have any questions about the February 2021 bar exam (remote or in-person), know that we are here to help. With decades of experience, our employees can provide guidance spanning from the registration process through the bar exam.

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NCBE’S ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE JULY 2021 BAR EXAM

As of March 30, 2021

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Announcements: The NCBE will again offer jurisdictions the option to administer the bar exam remotely in July 2021 to help address health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and provide support for future legal professionals.

As it did for the February 2021 exam, NCBE will make a full set of bar exam materials available for remote administration in July on the same dates as the in-person administration (July 27–28, 2021). Each jurisdiction will select which delivery mode it will use for its administration.

The NCBE will 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 July 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: To the best of our knowledge, the online Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) will follow the traditional, in-person format, and will consist of two Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs), six essay questions, and 200 multiple-choice questions. The MPT and essay questions will be administered on Tuesday, July 27, and the multiple-choice questions (MBE) will be administered on Wednesday, July 28. That said, 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.

California

The Supreme Court of California issued an order on February 26 announcing that the July 2021 bar exam will be administered remotely.

Colorado*

The Colorado Supreme Court announced on March 10 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Connecticut*

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announced on February 11 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Delaware

The Delaware Board of Bar Examiners announced on March 15 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

District of Columbia*

The District of Columbia Committee on Admissions announced on February 10 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Georgia

The Supreme Court of Georgia announced on March 24 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Illinois*

The Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Board of Admissions announced on March 1 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Indiana*

The Indiana Board of Law Examiners announced on March 30 that the July 2021 exam will be conducted remotely.

Iowa*

The Iowa Supreme Court announced on March 11 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Kentucky*

The Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners announced on February 23 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Maryland*

The Court of Appeals of Maryland announced on February 26 that, on the recommendation of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, the July bar exam in Maryland will be administered remotely.

Massachusetts*

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners announced on February 17 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

New Hampshire*

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire announced on March 3 its authorization for the Board of Bar Examiners to administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

New Jersey*

The New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners announced on March 11 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

New York*

The New York Board of Law Examiners announced on March 5 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

North Carolina*

The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners announced on March 22 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Ohio*

The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on March 3 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Oregon*

The Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners issued a statement on March 26 announcing its plan for an in-person administration of the July 2021 bar exam.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on February 12 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Tennessee*

The Supreme Court of Tennessee announced on February 16 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Utah*

The Utah Supreme Court announced on March 19 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Vermont*

Per a March 8 order of the Vermont Supreme Court and a decision by the Board of Bar Examiners, Vermont will administer the July 2021 bar exam remotely.

Washington*

On March 5, the Supreme Court of Washington issued an order authorizing the Washington State Bar Association to administer the July 2021 exam remotely. The Court also temporarily lowered the minimum passing score to 266.

*Administering the Uniform Bar Examination in July 2021

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