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IN BRIEF: Washington D.C. to offer autumn bar exam remotely due to pandemic

Caroline Spiezio  

Caroline Spiezio  

(Reuters) - The Committee on Admissions for the District of Columbia Bar has announced it will offer its next bar exam on Oct. 5-6 and that it will conduct it remotely, because it felt it could not adequately space out “hundreds of law school graduates” taking the test in-person in a way that would prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Committee said Monday in a post on its webpage that the test will be offered in lieu of the Uniform Bar Examination, a bar exam used by many U.S. jurisdictions, including New York, Texas and, usually, D.C. The October D.C. exam won’t provide test takers with a portable UBE score.
 
Bar exams are usually only offered twice a year, in February and July, and conducted in-person. But the coronavirus pandemic has since March prompted several jurisdictions, including D.C., New York, Illinois and California, to cancel or postpone their July test until autumn.
 
The National Conference of Bar Examiners, which develops the UBE as well as the multistate portion of the bar exam that almost all U.S. states use, in April said it would make bar exam materials available for two fall administrations, on Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, for states who opted not to offer a July test or who could not offer one at full seating capacity because of social distancing rules.

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