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2020 Test Updates


The NCBE has issued an update regarding the administration of the July 2020 Bar exams. Here you can find our updated guidance on preparing for the July 2020 Bar and what this means for you.

Hello,

As you've likely read, the NCBE® has issued an update on decisions around the July 2020 bar exam. While they’re waiting until May 5th to make a final decision on whether or not to administer the bar in July - they did offer some insight into a “Plan B”.

The National Conference is considering an additional administration of the exam in the fall. Again, their decision won’t become solidified until May, and it may very well be different state-by-state, but this does offer some additional information to help you develop your prep plan.

If you have been planning to take the bar in July, here is what we’re doing at Kaplan to be ready to support you:

  1. We stand ready to prep you for a July exam. Until we hear more from the NCBE and state bar associations, we recommend that you plan to be ready to sit for the bar in July.
  2. We are setting up alternate timelines for course delivery for a fall deployment.  Depending on the decisions made by the NCBE and your state, we will have a clear and effective schedule ready for you to follow.

With over a decade of experience, we are a leader in teaching online courses - Kaplan is ready to deliver your bar review course regardless of the changing situations across the country.

If you’re not planning on taking the bar in July, this uncertainty shouldn’t stop you from moving forward with your current plans - there is no indication of changes to 2021 dates. Rest assured that Kaplan is here to support you no matter what happens between now and the time you sit for the bar. 

We are here to answer your questions. We’ll be honest about what we know for sure and help you make the right decision for your bar prep plans even if that includes choosing a new date.

Sincerely,
Tammi Rice
Vice President and General Manager
Kaplan Bar Review

Bar Updates by State

See below for test dates by state from the NCBE. Note that many of the dates are changing in response to COVID-19 and we're updating this list as we're able to. Please refer to the NCBE COVID-19 updates for the latest details.

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State Updates (as of 7/27)

Alabama

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date. The July exam will proceed as scheduled and an additional exam will be administered beginning on September 30.

Alaska

Postponing July date, exam rescheduled for September 9 - 10, 2020

Arkansas

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

the Court has also adopted an emergency temporary rule to allow candidates registered for the July exam who are unwilling or unable to sit for the exam in July to be permitted to temporarily engage in the limited practice of law.

Arizona

the Arizona Supreme Court announced that it will offer a remote exam on October 5-6 for local admission only in addition to the in-person UBE exam still scheduled to take place in July. Applicants who are registered for the July exam and those who requested a refund or who transferred their July application to the February 2021 exam may choose to take the October remote exam.

California

Exam will be administered online on October 5-6 and that the passing score will be permanently lowered from 1440 to 1390.

Colorado

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered on September 30 - October 1.

Connecticut

Canceling in-person September 30-October 1 exam. The Committee will instead offer a remote exam on October 5-6.

DC

Will administer the exam remotely on October 5-6.

The remote exam administration is in lieu of the in-person September 9-10 exam that the Court had previously announced it would administer.

Delaware

the Delaware Supreme Court has cancelled the 2020 bar exam.

The Delaware Board of Bar Examiners is working with the Court to implement a temporary limited practice rule to allow candidates to perform legal work in Delaware under the supervision of a Delaware lawyer, until the next administration of the Bar Exam. 

Florida

the in-person July administration of the exam is canceled.

The Board will instead administer an online exam on August 19 consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions. For the August exam only, applicants will not be required to take the MBE.

Georgia

canceling the in-person exam scheduled for September 9-10 . Will administer an online exam on October 5-6.

Hawaii

Postponing July date, exam rescheduled for September 9 - 10, 2020.

Idaho

On July 20, the Idaho Supreme Court directed the Idaho State Bar to administer a remote exam on October 5-6 in addition to the July exam.

Illinois

In-person September 9-10 administration of the exam is canceled. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will instead offer a remote exam on October 5-6.

Indiana

The one-day remotely administered Indiana bar exam, originally scheduled for July 28, will be postponed until August 4.

Iowa

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered on September 9-10.

Kansas

Maintaining July date, will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 9-10 in addition to the July administration.

Kentucky

canceling the July and September 30-October 1 exams and administering a remote exam on October 5-6. 

Louisiana

the Louisiana Supreme Court has issued an order permitting certain qualified candidates to be admitted to practice without sitting for the bar exam in 2020. Qualified candidates must complete 25 hours of continuing legal education and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Transition into Practice” mentoring program by December 31, 2021.

The Court also announced two remote one-day administrations of the bar exam, on August 24 and October 10, for those registered candidates who do not qualify for the emergency admissions option.

Maine

Postponing July date, exam rescheduled for September 30 - October 1, 2020.

on May 9, the Main Board of Bar Examiners announced the availability of a limited number of additional seats and a three-tiered application period for those not already on the seating list. The seating limits were reached on June 3; the Board has established a waiting list for applications received until June 15.

Maryland

The Maryland Court of Appeals has announced that it will administer the exam remotely on October 5-6.

The Court had previously rescheduled the exam for September 9-10.

the Court had also entered into reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia and Massachusetts for the portability of scores earned on the remote exam. 

Massachusetts

the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has announced that a remotely administered exam for admission to the Massachusetts bar will be offered in lieu of the UBE on October 5-6.

Michigan

A one-day online exam will be administered on July 28, consisting solely of the essay portion of the traditional exam.

Minnesota

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date, will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 9-10.

The Board also advised applicants they could transfer to the February 2021 or July 2021 examination without filing a new application.

Mississippi

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

Missouri

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

Montana

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

Nebraska

exam will be administered in July along with an additional administration on September 9-10.

In the event the Court determines that postponement of the July exam is required, an additional exam administration on September 30-October 1 will replace the July exam administration.

Nevada

The Nevada Supreme Court has announced that the remotely administered exam, previously scheduled for July 28-29, will be postponed until August 11-12.

The exam will be taken open book and consist of eight one-hour essays and a performance test prepared by the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners.

New Hampshire

canceling the September 9-10 exam date. Exam will instead be administered remotely on October 5-6.

New Mexico

Postponing July date until September 2020, exam rescheduled for September 9 - 10.

New Jersey

Canceling the September 9-10 exam. Announced that it would administer a remote exam on October 5-6.

New York

Canceling the September 9-10 exam. Announced that it would administer a remote exam on October 5-6.

North Carolina

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered on September 9-10.

The board has also reduced the passing score for the July 2020 and February 2021 exam from 270 to 268. Additionally, the minimum acceptable score for UBE transfer applicants applying to North Carolina who sit for the UBE in July 2020, September 2020, or February 2021 will be reduced from 270 to 268. 

North Dakota

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered on September 9-10. At this time, North Dakota is limiting the number of examinees to 85.

Ohio

Canceling the September 9-10 exam.

Will instead administer a remote exam on October 5-6.

Oklahoma

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

Oregon

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date. If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered in the fall.

On May 11, the Board announced that it will continue with its plans for hosting a July bar exam, but with a maximum seating capacity of 500 applicants. As of May 15, the Board had reached its maximum seating capacity.

The Oregon Supreme Court announced on June 29 that it would grant a one-time diploma privilege to candidates who timely submitted complete applications for the July 2020 Oregon bar exam and who either 1) graduated in 2020 from one of the three Oregon law schools or 2) graduated in 2020 from any other ABA-accredited law school that had a minimum of 86% of graduates pass a 2019 bar exam on their first attempt. For those candidates who do not qualify for the diploma privilege option, the Court has announced 1) a one-time reduction in the passing score for the July exam from 274 to 266; and 2) the option to instead take a remotely administered exam in October, with scores on that exam not qualifying as UBE scores.

Pennsylvania

Board will administer a remote exam on October 5-7.

Rhode Island

Postponing July date, Exam rescheduled for September 30-October 1.

South Carolina

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be administered on September 9-10.

South Dakota

The Supreme Court of South Dakota entered an order on May 6 announcing that if NCBE materials are not available for the July exam administration, the South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners is authorized to develop and administer a 10-question essay exam on July 28. Applicants may instead opt to take the regular bar exam in February 2021. If public health orders necessitate canceling the July exam, the Board will administer the regular bar exam on the next available dates that NCBE makes its materials available.

Tennessee

Canceling the September 30-October 1 exam administration. Announced that it will instead administer a remote exam on October 5-6.

Tennessee has also entered into reciprocity agreements with the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts related to transfer of scores earned on the October exam.

Texas

the Texas Board of Law Examiners has canceled the July exam and determined that it should instead administer the exam on September 9-10 as well as administer an online exam on October 5-6.

Utah

Maintaining July date, has modified bar examination passage requirement on an emergency basis for certain eligible law students.

For applicants who do not qualify for the alternative pathway, or for those wishing to gain admission through the bar exam, the Court intends to offer the exam in Utah on September 30-October 1.

Vermont

Canceling the exam that had been scheduled for September 9-10. Announced that it would administer a remote exam on October 5-6.

Virginia

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date. Will also offer an additional one-day exam on September 10 in addition to the July exam.

The one-day exam on September 10 will consist of 9 Virginia essay questions and 10 multiple-choice questions.

Washington

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

The court has also temporarily reducing the minimum passing UBE score from 270 to 266.The temporary modified minimum passing score applies only to applicants who sit for the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE.

West Virginia

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

Wisconsin

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

Wyoming

will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 30-October 1 in addition to the July administration.