Bloomberg Law
Oct. 6, 2020, 12:46 PM

‘Serious Reexamination’ of Bar Exam Awaits as Grads Sit for Test

Patricio Chile
Patricio Chile
Team Leader

Bar exams have not seen much change in years, but a slew of temporary fixes for 2020 adopted by state authorities during the coronavirus pandemic may lead to longer-term improvements to lawyer licensing systems across the country.

Hybrid Fix: Experts suggest hybrid solutions are the most likely answers going forward, giving students multiple possible pathways to licensure, including remote-proctored online tests, open book exams, and provisional licensing programs.

Rexamining Role: “I expect that 2020 will mark the beginning of a serious reexamination of the role that bar exams play in the licensing of lawyers,” said Andrew Perlman, dean of Suffolk Law School. “I believe that, in the coming years, jurisdictions are going to start considering a range of new options for admitting lawyers to the bar.”

Sam Skolnik has the story.


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