Hello,Judith A. Gundersen

I am excited to launch this NCBE leadership blog to be known as the President’s Post. This space will allow me to personally touch on issues relevant to bar admissions that are important to all of us involved in educating, assessing, and training new lawyers to join the profession.

These posts will appear on a regular basis, and I will try to keep them brief but informative. Those of you who read NCBE’s magazine, the Bar Examiner, will recognize the similarity of the President’s Post with the President’s Page in the magazine. Whereas the President’s Page appears quarterly in accordance with the magazine’s publication schedule, the President’s Post will appear more frequently.

Like every other profession, including engineering, medicine, architecture, and others, the legal profession relies on licensure to ensure that practitioners meet minimum standards of fundamental competency. I am so proud of the work NCBE does on behalf of the jurisdictions we serve and the role we play in serving the legal profession.

We take pride in our mission to promote fairness, integrity, and best practices in admission to the legal profession for the benefit and protection of the public. NCBE provides numerous services to help ensure that we have a competent and qualified legal profession.

While many people are familiar with the services we provide, including our licensing tests, character and fitness investigations, and study guides for those preparing to take our tests, you might not know about so many other things we do (and don’t do).

In the coming weeks I will address issues that will be of interest to those we serve—admission authorities, courts, the legal education community, and candidates. You will see that I will not shy away from the pressing issues our profession faces, especially in these challenging times of the pandemic and a reckoning of this country’s history of racial injustice.

It’s my goal to bring clarity to what we do and why we do it. In these times where all have a forum, the admissions community deserves one, too.

Upcoming President’s Posts will cover topics such as:

● Why there isn’t an online bar exam … yet
● NCBE’s efforts to ensure fairness and eliminate racial, ethnic, and gender bias in our test questions
● Why the bar exam matters: a history of diploma privilege and why it isn’t a good idea
● NCBE’s experts and what they do

Thank you for reading my first blog post. I hope you follow along as we address these issues and more.



  • Bar
    Bar Exam Fundamentals

    Addressing questions from conversations NCBE has had with legal educators about the bar exam.

  • 2020
    2020 Bar Admission Guide

    Comprehensive information on bar admission requirements in all US jurisdictions.

  • Testing
    Testing Task Force Updates

    Visit the Testing Task Force website for the latest news about this 3-year study of the bar exam.

  • BarNow
    BarNow Study Aids

    NCBE offers high-quality, affordable study aids in a mobile-friendly eLearning platform.

  • 2019
    2019 Year in Review

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

  • 2019
    2019 Statistics

    Bar examination and admission statistics by jurisdiction, and national data for the MBE and MPRE.