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Michigan Goes Online With New One-Day Bar Exam Due to Covid-19

May 19, 2020, 1:03 PM

Michigan’s Supreme Court announced the state will shift its July bar exam to a one-day, fully online affair, making it one of the first states to commit to remote testing due to Covid-19.

New Strategy: The state, which has been hard-hit by coronavirus, will use an essay-based online exam, rather than the traditional two-day in-person test. Test-takers with disabilities will be permitted to take the exam in person, with proper health measures.

Breaking With Tradition: Michigan is one of the first states, following Indiana, to commit to an online bar exam, though other states like California are still open to an online option. The Michigan Supreme Court said it opted to go online because the state’s health department “cannot predict with certainty” whether an in-person test would be safe at any point in 2020.

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