Where to take the bar exam in 2020

Where to take the bar exam in 2020

Where to take the bar exam in 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the postponement of several bar exams. You may consider a different or additional bar exam if:

  • the state where you were planning to take the bar exam has canceled the July 2020 exam,
  • you are unsure if the state you were planning to take the bar exam will cancel it and you want a “back up” state to take the bar exam,
  • you are unsure you will be able to take the bar exam in the state where you wish to take it (for example, New York has stated not all applicants can take the bar exam and it needs to prioritize applicants)
  • you are nervous about taking the bar exam in your state due to the coronavirus
  • you want more than one “bite at the apple” and a chance to pass the bar exam two or three times this year

If you decide you do want to consider a different or additional bar exam, there are multiple factors you should think about. We discuss these factors in-depth in this post. Continue reading Where to take the bar exam in 2020

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How to Create a Fall Bar Exam Study Schedule (Templates Included!)

How to Create a Fall Bar Exam Study Schedule (with Templates Included!)

With the new fall bar exam around the corner, many students are wondering how to create a fall bar exam study schedule.

As you may know, the NCBE has officially announced two fall bar exam dates:

  • September 9 and September 10
  • September 30 and October 1

This can make it difficult to figure out how to study, especially when a traditional July bar exam study schedule does not apply. Continue reading How to Create a Fall Bar Exam Study Schedule (Templates Included!)

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The NCBE announces TWO Fall bar exam dates!

The NCBE announces TWO Fall bar exam dates! 

As if things weren’t confusing and hectic enough for law school graduates and bar exam takers, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) just announced that there will be two separate bar exam administrations in September:

  • September 9-10
  • September 30-October 1

This is in addition to a potential July bar exam.

(Also, as a side note: the above dates are Wednesday/Thursday dates instead of the traditional Tuesday/Wednesday bar exam dates.)

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Will I Fail The Bar Exam If I Wrote A Short MEE Answer?

Will I Fail The Bar Exam If I Wrote A Short MEE Answer?

After the bar exam, many takers start to worry about the things they feel went wrong.  One thing people often stress about is the length of their MEE answers.  If they wrote a short MEE answer, they start to worry that this means their bar exam score will take a significant hit.  And then if they wrote multiple short MEE answers, they start to wonder how they could possibly pass.  In this post, we try to calm those fears!

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Alternatives to the bar exam proposed

Alternatives to the bar exam proposed

Alternatives to the bar exam proposed

Update 4/6/20: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on the New York Bar Exam came out with an update recommending a few things, including that the written portion be replaced with an exam focusing on New York law but keep the MBE, “[c]onsider a New York law Certification program that would allow people to forego the bar exam entirely, and “[c]onsider an experiential learning pilot program.”

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, state bar exams are being canceled and state boards are looking for ways to license potential attorneys with alternatives to the bar exam. Some ideas have been proposed by states, and other ideas are simply being requested by students over the internet.

In this post, we explore some of the alternatives to the bar exam proposed by states and potential attorneys, plus our take on whether these ideas have any weight to them. To be clear, JD Advising does not have any insider information and any views expressed in this post are mere speculation.

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