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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 5/26)

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

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date

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

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

Due to limited seating, registration for priority registrants for the exam will be held May 18-28; if seating remains available after the priority-registration period, the Court will announce the opening of a non-priority registration period. 

Delaware

Exam postponed to September 9 - 11.

Florida

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

Georgia

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

Hawaii

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

Idaho

Not yet decided

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.

Maine

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

The Maine Board of Bar Examiners is limiting the number of seats available for the exam; as of May 4, the Board reached its limit and is unable to accept additional applications.

Maryland

The Maryland Court of Appeals has tentatively rescheduling the exam for September 9-10.

Massachusetts

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

If the UBE cannot be conducted safely in person on September 30-October 1, an alternative exam will be administered remotely and will grant admission only to Massachusetts.

The Board has released a notice with a plan for prioritizing seating arrangements for the September 30-October 1 exam in anticipation of a limited number of available seats for the exam.

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

Not yet decided

Missouri

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

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

Montana

Not yet decided

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

Net yet decided, will make a final decision on whether to hold the July exam no later than May 22, 2020.

New Hampshire

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

New Mexico

Postponing July date until September 2020, exact date to be scheduled.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania

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

Rhode Island

Exam postponed indefinitely. More information to come.

South Carolina

Not yet decided

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

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date. will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 30-October 1, in addition to the July administration.

Texas

Maintaining July date, will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 9-11 if needed, in addition to the July administration.

Utah

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

Vermont

July date postponed to September 9 - 10

Virginia

Maintaining July 28 - 29, 2020 date.

Washington

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date.

West Virginia

Not yet decided

Wyoming

Maintaining July 28-29, 2020 date