decorative icon for the conferenceMadison, Wisconsin | September 16–18, 2019

On September 16–18, 2019, NCBE hosted an educational conference for academic support professionals who have direct student contact involving bar preparation or have responsibility for the bar preparation programs at their respective law schools. Sixty-two law schools from 34 jurisdictions were represented by the conference attendees.

The purpose of the conference was to help bridge the information gap between legal educators and legal licensing agencies, with the goal of providing participants with useful information to enhance their effectiveness at the institutions they serve.

Conference sessions:

  • The Components of the Bar Exam and Testing Basics
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Drafting Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Multiple-Choice Question Editing Exercise
  • The Role of and Construction of Written Components
  • Essay Grading Exercise
  • Perspectives from a Bar Administrator
  • What Research Tells Us about Bar Performance
  • The Future of the Bar Exam: NCBE Testing Task Force
  • How Can We Work Together to Build Successful Lawyers?

In addition to NCBE staff members from the Test Operations and Testing and Research Departments, the following speakers presented at the conference:

  • Timothy Davis, Professor, Wake Forest University, and Chair of the NCBE MBE Contracts Drafting Committee
  • Antonia Miceli, Director, Academic Support and Bar Preparation, Saint Louis University, and President of the Association of Academic Support Educators
  • Joelle Moreno, Professor, Florida International University
  • Suzanne Schmitz, Professor, Southern Illinois University
  • Marilyn Wellington, Executive Director, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, and Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Bar Admission Administrators

Photo taken at conference of Professor Timothy Davis

Professor Timothy Davis

Photo taken at conference of Mengyao Zhang, PhD

Mengyao Zhang, PhD

Photo taken at conference of Judith Gundersen

Judith Gundersen addressing conference attendees

Photo taken at conference of Conference attendees

Conference attendees

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  • Testing
    Testing Task Force Updates

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  • BarNow
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  • 2019
    2019 Year in Review

    NCBE’s annual publication highlights the work of volunteers and staff in fulfilling its mission.

  • 2019
    2019 Statistics

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