Massachusetts Also Postpones July 2020 Bar Exam

From the Massachusetts bar officials:

“The Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners announce today that, due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts bar examination will not be administered on July 28 and July 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.”

“The Board of Bar Examiners, in consultation with the Supreme Judicial Court, will continue to closely monitor public health and safety guidelines, including prohibitions against large gatherings, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that limitations on large gatherings continue to interfere with a fall administration of the Massachusetts bar examination, alternative means for testing of applicants for Massachusetts bar admission will be devised and announced.”

Graduating students:

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is working with all bar jurisdictions to decide about the administration of summer bar exams this July. They are posting frequent updates on their website: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates/. You will find the most recent information there, not on this blog. Please check that website and the website of the jurisdiction where you plan to take a bar exam, as well as your NCBEX accounts and your bar-related portals, frequently.

If you were already enrolled in a commercial bar review course, your course provider will also be in contact with you about any changes in your chosen jurisdiction. In the meantime, please keep using your time wisely and well to prepare for a bar exam and assume you will take it in July until you are told otherwise through official information from a bar jurisdiction. Stay in touch with your career adviser about bar plans and job searches.

New York Bar Exam Postponed from July to Fall 2020

COVID-19. UPDATE The New York Court of Appeals today announced that the New York State Bar Examination will not be administered on July 28-29, 2020 as previously scheduled. Click here to read the press release from the Court of Appeals dated March 27, 2020.

The State Board of Law Examiners will announce the new date for the exam and the dates for the application filing period as soon as it becomes available.

Further information will be posted on this website when available. Additional information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the July 2020 bar exam is available on NCBE’s website at: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates/ .”