New York Will Not Administer July 2020 Bar Exam

In a March 27 press release, the New York Court of Appeals announced that New York would not be administering the July 2020 bar exam. The press release states that the bar exam in New York would be rescheduled for dates in the fall and that the Board of Law Examiners will announce the rescheduled […]


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Testing Task Force Publishes Phase 2 Report

The Testing Task Force is pleased to publish its Phase 2 report, which details the results of the practice analysis it conducted last year. View the Testing Task Force Phase 2 Report: 2019 Practice Analysis to learn about what knowledge, skills, and abilities newly licensed lawyers need to perform their job activities. The results of the practice […]

Bar Exam Fundamentals for Legal Educators Addresses Common Questions about the Bar Exam

NCBE’s newest publication, Bar Exam Fundamentals for Legal Educators, addresses questions drawn from conversations NCBE has had with legal educators across the country about how the bar exam is developed, administered, and scored. This information-filled publication answers important questions such as How is the bar exam developed? How does NCBE know that the the bar […]

Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements 2020 Is Released

NCBE’s Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published in collaboration with the American Bar Association, provides annually updated information on bar admission requirements in all US jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies. The Guide provides a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction snapshot on bar admission requirements such as  Domestic and foreign legal education requirements Bar examination […]

July 2019 MBE Mean Score Rebounds

The national Multistate Bar Examination mean scaled score for July 2019 was 141.1, an increase of about 1.6 points from the July 2018 mean of 139.5. This increase is a rebound from the drop in the MBE mean score observed between July 2017 and July 2018 and marks the largest increase compared to the previous […]