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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

State Updates (as of 7/6)

Alabama

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

Alaska

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

Arkansas

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will be rescheduled for September.

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

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

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

Postponing July date, exam rescheduled for September 30 - October 1. Committee will accept a maximum number of 500 applicants for the exam.

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

Exam postponed to September 9 - 11.

Florida

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

The Board will instead administer an online exam on August 18 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

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

Hawaii

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

Idaho

Maintaining July test date.

Illinois

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

Indiana

Will conduct a one-day remotely administered exam on July 28.The exam will consist of the Indiana Essay Examination and a series of short answer questions on topics tested on the Multi State Bar Examination.

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

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

will administer the exam in July as well as offer an additional administration of the exam on September 30-October 1.

Louisiana

the 3-day bar examination previously scheduled for July 20, 22, and 24 has been canceled.

The Committee will now administer a one-day bar examination on two dates: July 27 and October 10.

The Committee has also added the option to take the July 27 and October 10 exams online.

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.

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.

Mississippi

Maintaining July date.

Missouri

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

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

Montana

Maintaining July 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 issued an order on May 20, directing the exam to be conducted remotely on July 28 and 29.

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

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

New Mexico

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

New Jersey

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

New York

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

Due to limits expected on the number of large venues the Board typically uses to administer the exam, the Board will not be able to test all candidates typically applying to take a July exam.

The initial application periods (May 5-15, June 2-12, and June 13-16) have closed.

A fourth application period will be open from June 18 through June 21, with applications being accepted from candidates who graduated in 2018, 2019, or 2020 with a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school and who sat for one prior administration of the bar exam in New York.

After the application period closes, the Board will assess available seating in light of existing health and safety guidance, and candidates will be notified whether or not they will be seated for the exam. 

North Carolina

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

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

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

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

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

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

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 July exam. The exam will instead be administered on September 30-October 1.

The Court will also issue supplemental orders extending the time for which an applicant may practice pending admission or practice under supervision.

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

July date postponed to September 9 - 10

Virginia

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

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 date.

Wisconsin

Maintaining July date.

Wyoming

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.