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Which States are Delaying the July 2020 Bar Exam and Offering a Fall Bar Exam Instead?

Which States are Delaying the July 2020 Bar Exam and Offering a Fall Bar Exam Instead?

Which states are delaying the July 2020 bar exam and offering a fall bar exam instead? As noted in prior posts, the NCBE has decided to administer a fall bar exam. States have until May 5 to determine whether they wish to administer a July bar exam or delay it (likely about two months) until the Fall. At that time, the NCBE will decide whether it will administer both a July bar exam and a fall bar exam or whether it will only administer a fall bar exam (assuming there is not enough interest in a July bar exam). The questions will be different if both exams are administered.

States will be deciding relatively soon whether they are going to postpone the bar exam. For your convenience, here we list the jurisdictions as well as their decisions to keep the July 2020 bar exam scheduled as-is in July, or to delay it. As of the writing of this post, only one state (New York) has officially decided to delay the bar exam to the fall. However, we suspect many states will follow New York’s lead. We will keep this post updated as more states make decisions!

If you have new information, please comment below or contact us so we can update our post!

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NCBE Plans to Administer a Fall Bar Exam Due to the Coronavirus

The NCBE Plans to Administer a Fall Bar Exam Due to the Coronavirus

 The NCBE Plans to Administer a Fall Bar Exam Due to the Coronavirus

Note: We are keeping track of all of the states that are planning on delaying the July bar exam and offering a fall bar exam instead in this post so please refer to this post for the most updated data!

Update 3/28/20: The State Bar of California is meeting on 3/30/20 to determine what action to take in regard to the July 2020 bar exam and the June 2020 FYLSE. We will update this page when a decision is made. 

Update 3/27/20: The New York State Board of Law Examiners has officially postponed the July 2020 bar exam and intends to administer an exam at a to be determined time in the fall.

On March 26, 2020, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) released a statement concerning the July 2020 bar exam and a new fall bar exam. These decisions were triggered by the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. There still is some uncertainty as to what will happen, as with everything concerning the coronavirus. However, the NCBE has laid out a plan for the upcoming bar exam administration.

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Why You Need To Study For The California Performance Test

Why You Need To Study For The California Performance Test

There’s a lot to focus on when studying for the bar exam. Many test-takers spend all of there time learning substantive law. However, they don’t invest at all in mastering the performance test (PT) portion of the exam.

In this post, we discuss why you need to study for the California performance test.

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Bar Exam prep During the Coronavirus

Bar Exam Prep During the Coronavirus Outbreak

 Bar Exam Prep During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak has led to our immediate futures becoming very uncertain.  With things changing by the hour, there’s no telling what the situation will look like a month from now, let alone by the July bar exam.  To be clear, we have no inside information as to what may happen in terms of the bar exam. However, it is understandable that many prospective takers are looking for advice on whether they should go ahead and prepare for the bar exam during the coronavirus outbreak.

In this post, we discuss the best approach to bar exam prep during the coronavirus outbreak!

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Social Distancing Activity: Bar Exam Word Search!

Social Distancing Activity: Bar Exam Word Search!

With everyone being encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, we know that boredom may quickly set in for some.  As a fun activity, even for those who aren’t part of the legal community, we put together this bar exam themed word search!  You can complete it as you feel like it, or time yourself and then challenge your friends to beat your time. Continue reading Social Distancing Activity: Bar Exam Word Search!

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How To Restart Studying For The California Bar Exam

How to Restart Studying for the California Bar Exam

If you do not know how to restart studying for the California Bar Exam, you are not alone! When you begin to study again, you don’t have to dive into your books and start studying right away. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture, do some planning, and then begin. In this post, we discuss how best to restart studying for the California Bar Exam!

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How will the coronavirus impact the grading of the bar exam?

How will the coronavirus impact the grading of the bar exam?

Students who took the February 2020 bar exam may be wondering how the coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact the grading of the exam. In this post, we go over the information we do have, and JD Advising’s speculation on how the release of the February 2020 results might be impacted. To be clear, JD Advising does not have any insider information.

Update 3/26/20: The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar said it does not expect any delays to the release of the February 2020 bar exam results.

Update 3/25/20: The Texas Board of Law Examiners said results for the February 2020 bar exam are expected to be released the first week of May.

Update 3/23/20: The New York State Board of Law Examiners noted on its website that grading of the February 2020 exam is underway, but there may be some delay due to the coronavirus. Examinees are encouraged to check their email and the New York State Board of Law Examiners’ website regularly. The National Conference of Bar Examiners stated on their website that the MBE scores should be released as normal.

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Early Bar Prep: Practice MBE Question

If you are looking to do some early bar prep while you are practicing social distancing and self-isolation, please sign up for our free early-bar-prep-in-five-minutes-a-day program here — we do early bar prep in just five minutes a day!  We go through bar exam tips, practice MBE questions, and even post some substantive law for you to review.

Here is an example of a recent, timely, practice MBE question. Continue reading Early Bar Prep: Practice MBE Question