Which States are Delaying or Modifying the February 2021 Bar Exam?

Which States are Delaying or Modifying the February 2021 Bar Exam?

Which states are delaying or modifying the February 2021 bar exam? The NCBE has announced a remote option for February 2021 takers. To get an idea of what states did for the last bar administration (July 2020), check out this post.

Which States are Delaying or Modifying the February 2021 Bar Exam?

States will decide relatively soon whether to postpone or modify the February 2021 bar exam. New York, again, was the first state to make a decision on the bar exam. Also, Harvard Law School has already announced that it will hold all spring classes online.

For your convenience, here we list the jurisdictions as well as their decisions to keep the February 2021 bar exam scheduled as-is in February 2021, or to delay it, or to modify it somehow. We will keep this post updated as states make decisions!

The NCBE has its own post that it is updating here.

Update 11/9/20 on the October 2020 MBE: the national mean was 137.2 for October in-person MBE, according to the NCBE.

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

  • Alabama (AL)
  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • Arkansas (AR)
  • California (CA)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/19/20). Provisional licensure program in effect until June 21, 2022. (as of 10/21/20)
  • Colorado (CO)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/6/20)
  • Connecticut (CT)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/20/20)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • District of Columbia (DC)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/27/20)
  • Florida (FL)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/18/20)
  • Georgia (GA)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/9/20)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Illinois (IL)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/11/20)
  • Indiana (IN)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/24/20)
  • Iowa (IA)
  • Kansas (KS)
  • Kentucky (KY)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/13/20)
  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Maryland (MD)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/21/20)
  • Massachusetts (MA)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/21/20)
  • Michigan (MI)—The Board announced that the February 2021 bar exam will be given on February 23 & 24, 2021, and in the normal two-day format. The Board is still deciding on an in-person or remote exam. (as of 10/26/20) The Board posted a warning that new Mac computers will not be compatible with Examplify. (as of 11/12/20) Updates are posted here
  • Minnesota (MN)
  • Mississippi (MS)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Nebraska (NE)
  • Nevada (NV)—REMOTE EXAM. (as of 11/5/20) “The remote exam format eliminates the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and instead consists of seven Nevada essay questions and two performance tests. The exam will be conducted online with ILG software, except for applicants who require accommodation or request to handwrite the exam.”
  • New Hampshire (NH)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/29/20)
  • New Jersey (NJ)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/2/20)
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • New York (NY)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/21/20), consisting of all components of the UBE (as of 10/26/20)
  • North Carolina (NC)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/23/20)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Ohio (OH)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/19/20)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/6/20)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)—REMOTE EXAM, February 22-24 (as of 10/19/20)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • South Carolina (SC)
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Tennessee (TN)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 10/23/20)
  • Texas (TX)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Vermont (VT)—REMOTE EXAM (as of 11/10/20)
  • Virginia (VA)
  • Washington (WA)
  • West Virginia (WV)
  • Wisconsin (WI)—No updates at this time. Wisconsin already has the diploma privilege in place.
  • Wyoming (WY)
  • American Samoa (AS)—no updates that this time
  • Guam (GU)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (MP)—no updates that this time
  • Palau—Palau will administer the exam on February 24-26, 2021 and there will be no July 2021 exam. (as of 10/30/20)
  • Puerto Rico (PR)
  • Virgin Islands (VI)

Have any updates we missed? Please comment below!

One Comment

    Steve Brecher

    Nevada is repeating its August 2020 (delayed from July) administration in Feb. 2021: Online, two days, open-book, no MBE, 7 NV essays, 2 NV PTs (“NPTs”).


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