July 2020 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information
The following jurisdictions have made announcements about changes regarding the July 2020 bar exam. We will continue to update this page as we receive information from the jurisdictions. See our NCBE COVID-19 Updates page for more information about the coronavirus and NCBE exams and services. To contact a jurisdiction directly, see Jurisdiction Information.
July 2020 Bar Exam Status by Jurisdiction
Map last updated July 13, 2020, 2:48 pm (CDT)
The following map shows the current status of the July 2020 bar exam in each jurisdiction. The same information is also available in table format. Below the map is a list of jurisdiction announcements in alphabetical order.
Note: Jurisdictions continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. While the information provided here is current as of the posting date, this information is subject to change as jurisdictions adjust their plans according to the evolving situation. You are strongly advised to consult with the jurisdiction’s bar admissions agency directly for the most current information.
Jurisdiction Announcements in Alphabetical Order
Last updated July 13, 2020, 2:27 pm (CDT)
Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Palau | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Virgin Islands | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
The Supreme Court of Alabama issued an order on July 12 announcing that the July exam will proceed as scheduled and that an additional exam will be administered beginning on September 30. On May 8, the Court issued an order making certain temporary exceptions to the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar and making temporary exceptions to the Alabama Rule for Legal Internship by Law Students, which allows third-year law students to perform many functions of a licensed attorney under the supervision of an attorney licensed in Alabama. The May 8 order allows any applicant for the July 2020 bar exam to participate as a student intern, and it allows participation to the earlier of (1) the student intern’s date of admission to the Alabama State Bar, or (2) the date of release of results for the February 2021 Alabama bar exam.
The Alaska Bar Association has announced that the exam will be held on September 9-10.
In a July 1 news release, the Arizona Supreme Court announced that it will offer a remote exam on October 5-6 for local admission only in addition to the in-person UBE exam still scheduled to take place in July. Applicants who are registered for the July exam and those who requested a refund or who transferred their July application to the February 2021 exam may choose to take the October remote exam.
On April 6, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order authorizing the emergency adoption of court rule changes allowing law school students and recent graduates the limited ability to practice law in Arizona under the supervision of an attorney licensed in Arizona. A link to the order is available in Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinell's letter to 2020 law graduates.
On July 9, the Supreme Court of Arkansas issued an order confirming that the exam will be administered as scheduled in July. Also on July 9, the Court issued an order adopting an emergency temporary rule to allow candidates registered for the July exam who are unwilling or unable to sit for the exam in July to be permitted to temporarily engage in the limited practice of law. The Court had previously announced on April 30 that if the exam could not be administered in July, it would be rescheduled for September.
The Supreme Court of California announced in an April 27 news release that the exam will be postponed to September 9-10.
On May 14, the Colorado Supreme Court announced that it plans to administer the exam in July; if the exam is postponed, it will be held on September 30-October 1. In the event the July exam must be postponed, the Court may certify recent law graduates to practice under an emergency limited license rule.
The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announced in a March 30 press release that the exam will be postponed until fall 2020. The Committee subsequently announced on April 24 that it will administer the exam on September 30-October 1. On May 6, the Committee announced that it will accept a maximum number of 500 applications for the exam, with a plan for prioritization of applications. The announcements and related updates can be found on the Committee’s web page. On May 11, the Connecticut Rules Committee adopted a temporary and emergency expansion of its legal intern rules.
The Supreme Court of Delaware announced on May 11 that the exam is rescheduled to September 9-11. (The exam in Delaware is administered over 2.5 days.)
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced on June 8 that it will administer a remote exam on October 5-6 in lieu of the UBE. On July 9, the District of Columbia announced that it had entered into reciprocal agreements with Maryland and Massachusetts for the portability of scores earned on the remote exam. The remote exam is in lieu of the in-person September 9-10 exam that the Court had previously announced it would administer in a May 4 press release and order, following an April 10 order canceling the administration of the July exam.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announced in a July 1 press release that the in-person July administration of the exam is canceled and that the Board will instead administer an online exam in August consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions. In a July 3 press release, the Board announced that the online exam will be administered on August 19 (a change from the August 18 date announced on July 1). For the August exam only, applicants will not be required to take the MBE. Additional announcements about the August exam will be made regularly on the Board’s website. This announcement follows a prior May 5 press release in which the Board had announced that it had planned to proceed with the July exam.
The Supreme Court of Georgia issued order on April 17 announcing that the exam will be rescheduled for September 9-10. The Court has also adopted a temporary rule allowing recent law school graduates to become provisionally admitted to practice law prior to taking the bar exam. The new rule also provides a process for lawyers admitted to the bar of another state who have recently moved to Georgia to obtain provisional admission.
The Supreme Court of Guam issued an order on April 9 announcing that the exam will be rescheduled for September 9-10.
The Hawaii Supreme Court, in consultation with the Hawaii Board of Bar Examiners, announced in a March 31 order that the exam will be rescheduled for fall 2020. An order issued on April 20 announced that the exam will be held on September 9-10.
Idaho is planning to administer the exam in July as scheduled.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced in a May 1 press release that the exam is postponed until September 9-10. The Court also entered an order temporarily relaxing rules to allow the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar the flexibility to prepare for and administer the exam in September, details of which are found on the Board’s announcements page. On July 2, the Court issued a press release and order announcing amendments to its student practice rule temporarily expanding the class of employers eligible to supervise new law school graduates.
According to a May 7 announcement, the Indiana Supreme Court handed down an order ordering the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners to conduct a one-day remotely administered exam on July 28. The exam will consist of the Indiana Essay Examination and a series of short answer questions on topics tested on the Multistate Bar Examination.The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order on April 8 amending the time limitations of its graduate legal intern rule. The order allows anyone who graduated from law school after November 2019 to potentially serve as a graduate legal intern until the February 2021 bar exam, provided they have not failed any exam prior to that date.
The Iowa Office of Professional Regulation has announced that the Iowa Board of Law Examiners intends to administer to the exam in July. If the exam cannot be administered as scheduled, the Board intends to administer the exam on September 9-10. The Iowa Supreme Court entered an order on May 6 confirming the decision.
On April 17, the Kansas Supreme Court announced that it will offer an additional administration of the exam on September 9-10 if needed, in addition to the July administration. In a May 14 news release, the Court confirmed that it will administer the exam in July and on September 9-10.
On July 9, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued a press release and an order canceling the July and September 30-October 1 exams and announcing that it would administer a remote exam on October 5-6. On May 13, the Court also issued a temporary order allowing the temporary practice of law under supervision, pending admission. Announcement about the remote October exam follows a May 11 order stating that the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions would administer the exam in July as well as offer an additional administration of the exam on September 30-October 1. The Court had previously issued an April 15 press release in which it had announced that it planned to administer the exam in July, and that if it could not administer the exam in July, the exam would be rescheduled for September.
The Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions announced on May 8 that the 3-day bar examination previously scheduled for July 20, 22, and 24 has been canceled. The Committee will now administer a one-day bar examination on two dates: July 27 and October 10. On June 3, the Court and the Committee announced the addition of an option to take the July 27 and October 10 exams online. The May 8 announcement indicates a priority schedule in anticipation of possible seating capacity limits to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and sets forth a priority schedule; this priority schedule will also apply to the remote option.
The Maine Supreme Court issued an order on April 15 stating that the exam is rescheduled for September 30-October 1. According to a May 4 announcement, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners is limiting the number of seats available for the exam; as of May 4, the Board reached its limit and is unable to accept additional applications. The Board subsequently announced on May 9 the availability of a limited number of additional seats and a three-tiered application period for those not already on the seating list. The seating limits were reached on June 3; the Board has established a waiting list for applications received until June 15.
The Maryland Court of Appeals announced on June 18 that it will administer a remote exam on October 5-6 for local admission only instead of the in-person UBE. On July 8, the Court announced that it had entered into reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia and Massachusetts for the portability of scores earned on the remote exam. The Court had previously issued an administrative order on May 26 tentatively rescheduling the exam for September 9-10.
On July 1, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners announced that a remotely administered exam will be offered in lieu of the UBE on October 5-6. On July 8, Massachusetts entered into reciprocal agreements with Maryland and the District of Columbia for the portability of scores earned on the remote exam. In an April 23 press release and plan, the Court and the Board also announced an expanded opportunity for graduates to appear in court under its student practice rule.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners had previously announced in a March 30 press release that the exam would be postponed until fall 2020, and the press release was updated on April 6 to announce that the exam would be held on September 30-October 1. In the April 23 press release, the Court and the Board had announced a plan for the exam to proceed, noting that if the Uniform Bar Exam could not be conducted safely in person on September 30-October 1, an alternative exam would be administered remotely to grant admission only to Massachusetts. On May 4, the Board had released a notice with a plan for prioritizing seating arrangements for the September 30-October 1 exam in anticipation of a limited number of available seats for the exam.
The Michigan Supreme Court ordered on May 18 that a one-day online exam will be administered on July 28, consisting solely of the essay portion of the traditional exam.
The Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners made an updated announcement on May 20 confirming that it will administer the exam in July and on September 9-10. The Board also advised applicants they could transfer to the February 2021 or July 2021 examination without filing a new application. On June 5, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order granting the Board’s petition to adopt expanded Supervised Practice Rules. The Rules become effective July 1 and provide additional supervised practice options for recent graduates. These Rules replace the Court’s current Student Practice Rules.
The Mississippi Supreme Court plans to proceed with the administration of the July exam.
The Missouri Supreme Court announced on July 9 that the exam is proceeding as scheduled in July. The Court had previously announced that in the event the exam could not be administered in July, it would be held on September 9-10. On April 28, the Missouri Board of Law Examiners announced that the Missouri Supreme Court issued an order temporarily modifying its law student practice rule to extend the certification time period.
Montana is still planning to administer the exam in July as scheduled. On June 17, the Montana Supreme Court issued an order approving temporary rules to allow provisional admission to the bar for certain eligible candidates who are unable or unwilling to sit for the bar amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nebraska Supreme Court issued an order on May 7 announcing that the exam will be administered in July along with an additional administration on September 9-10.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued an order on May 20 directing the exam to be conducted remotely on July 28 and 29. The exam will be taken open book and consist of eight one-hour essays and a performance test prepared by the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an order on April 10 announcing that the exam will be postponed until fall 2020. On April 14, the Court issued an order announcing that the exam will be administered on September 9-10, according to a news release from the New Hampshire Judicial Branch.
The New Jersey Supreme Court announced on April 6 that the exam will be postponed until fall 2020. The order issued by the Court relaxes and expands Court rules to allow 2020 law school graduates to temporarily practice law under the supervision of experienced attorneys despite postponement of the exam. The Court has since announced that the exam will be administered on September 9-10.
The New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners has announced that the exam has been scheduled for September 9-10. This follows an April 28 order issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court announcing that the exam would be postponed until September 2020, with the exact date to be scheduled. The order also included planning for a possible temporary, limited supervised practice program for applicants awaiting an opportunity to take the bar exam, only if the exam cannot be administered in 2020.
The New York Court of Appeals announced in a March 27 press release that the exam would be rescheduled for fall 2020. The Board of Law Examiners subsequently made the following announcements on its website: The exam will be rescheduled to September 9-10. Due to limits expected on the number of large venues the Board typically uses to administer the exam, the Board will not be able to test all candidates typically applying to take a July exam. On April 30, the Court announced that the application process for the September exam would proceed on a rolling basis as space permits. The initial application periods have closed. A fourth application period will be open from June 18 through June 21, with applications being accepted from candidates who graduated in 2018, 2019, or 2020 with a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school and who sat for one prior administration of the bar exam in New York. (Candidates who sat for more than one prior administration of the bar exam, in New York or in any other US jurisdiction, are not eligible to register during this application period.) The Board cautions that seating cannot be guaranteed to candidates who register during this application period. The Court has also approved a program designed to provide temporary authorization for qualified law graduates to engage in the limited practice of law under the supervision of a qualified attorney, according to an April 28 statement on its website.
The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners has announced that it presently intends to administer the exam in July. If the exam cannot be administered as scheduled, it will administer the exam on September 9-10.
The North Dakota Board of Bar Examiners issued an April 10 policy statement indicating that it is planning to administer the exam on July 28-29. If the exam cannot be administered in July, it will administer the exam on September 9-10. At this time, North Dakota is limiting the number of examinees to 85, with priority given as indicated in the policy statement. North Dakota has an existing rule allowing graduates of ABA-approved law schools to temporarily practice law under the supervision of a North Dakota licensed attorney.
The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on May 13 that the exam will be postponed until September 9-10. The Court has also expanded its Practice Pending Admission during the Admission to the Practice of Law Process for recent law school graduates.
The Oregon Supreme Court announced on June 29 and in a June 30 order that it would grant a one-time diploma privilege to candidates who timely submitted complete applications for the July 2020 Oregon bar exam and who either 1) graduated in 2020 from one of the three Oregon law schools or 2) graduated in 2020 from any other ABA-accredited law school that had a minimum of 86% of graduates pass a 2019 bar exam on their first attempt. For those candidates who do not qualify for the diploma privilege option, the Court has announced 1) a one-time reduction in the passing score for the July exam from 274 to 266; and 2) the option to instead take a remotely administered exam on October 5-6 for local admission only, with scores on that exam not qualifying as UBE scores.
The Oregon Supreme Court had previously issued a March 27 order making certain emergency modifications to the Oregon State Bar Rules for Admission. On May 11, the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners had announced a maximum seating capacity of 500 applicants for the July exam, which it had reached on May 15.
The Supreme Court of Palau announced on June 17 that the July 2020 exam is canceled. The next exam will be held in July 2021. (Palau does not administer a February exam.) Applicants who wish to take the exam in Palau in July 2021 are strongly encouraged to apply early; the announcement regarding the 2021 exam is anticipated to be issued in February 2021.
The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on July 8 that the Board will administer a remote exam on October 5-7. The Board had previously announced, in an April 28 press release, that the exam would be rescheduled to September 9-10. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court also issued an order on April 28 authorizing a limited license for July 2020 bar exam applicants.
The Supreme Court of Rhode Island issued an order on June 11 indicating that the exam will be postponed until September 30-October 1. The order follows an April 13 news advisory that the exam would be postponed indefinitely.
In a July 2 order, the Supreme Court of South Carolina announced that it still plans to proceed with the July administration of the exam. This confirms a previous announcement by the Court that it intended to administer the exam in July, but that if it were not possible to conduct the exam in July, it would administer it on September 9-10.
The Supreme Court of South Dakota entered an order on May 6 announcing that if NCBE materials are not available for the July exam administration, the South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners is authorized to develop and administer a 10-question essay exam on July 28. Applicants may instead opt to take the regular bar exam in February 2021. If public health orders necessitate canceling the July exam, the Board will administer the regular bar exam on the next available dates that NCBE makes its materials available. The order also amends its supervised practice rule to extend the certification term for graduates who have applied for the July exam.
The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an order on July 2 canceling the July exam. The exam will instead be administered on September 30-October 1. The order indicates that the Court will issue supplemental orders extending the time for which an applicant may practice pending admission or practice under supervision. The Tennessee Supreme Court had previously issued an April 2 press release announcing temporary rule changes to address ongoing concerns with the July 2020 bar exam; the rule changes included extending the time applicants can practice under supervision or pending admission.
The July 2 order follows a previous April 17 press release and May 11 update and order indicating that the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners would offer the September 30-October 1 exam in addition to the July exam, which it had still planned to administer; the Court had also approved a temporary policy recommended by the Board establishing a protocol for seating applicants due to limited seating capacity.
The Supreme Court of Texas issued an order on July 3 canceling the July exam and determining that the Texas Board of Law Examiners should instead administer the exam on September 9-10 as well as administer an online exam on October 5-6. This follows a previous April 28 announcement by the Board and order from the Court that had determined an additional administration of the exam would be offered on September 9-11 in addition to the July exam. The April 28 order also specifies updated rules regarding the supervised practice of law by qualified law students and unlicensed law school graduates in Texas.
On April 21, the Utah Supreme Court issued an order modifying the bar examination passage requirement on an emergency basis for certain eligible law school graduates, according to an April 21 news release. Qualified candidates must have submitted an application to take the Utah bar exam on or before April 1, 2020; must have graduated from a law school with an overall first-time passage rater of 86% or greater in 2019; and must perform 360 hours of legal service under the supervision of an experienced attorney. For applicants who do not qualify for the alternative pathway, or for those wishing to gain admission through the bar exam, the Court intends to offer the exam in Utah on September 30-October 1.
The Vermont Supreme Court announced that by an April 6 order of the Court, the exam is rescheduled to September 9-10.
On July 10, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners announced that it would offer an additional one-day exam on September 10 in addition to the July exam. The one-day exam on September 10 will consist of 9 Virginia essay questions and 10 multiple-choice questions.
The Virgin Islands Supreme Court entered an order on May 28 announcing that the exam is postponed to September 30-October 1. Seating capacity for the exam will be limited, with priority considerations given to applicants in the order delineated in the administrative order.
On June 12, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order temporarily modifying admission and practice rules to grant a diploma privilege option to applicants currently registered to take the July and September 2020 bar exams and LLLT licensure exams. The Washington Supreme Court had previously announced on May 13 that Washington will administer the exam in July and on September 9-10. The bar examinations in July and September will still be offered for those who do not qualify for the diploma privilege and those who wish to take the exam to receive a UBE score. On May 15, the Court issued an order temporarily reducing the minimum passing UBE score from 270 to 266. The temporary modified minimum passing score applies only to applicants who sit for the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE. In addition, applicants applying for admission by UBE score transfer from another jurisdiction who achieve a score of 266 or higher on the July 2020 or September 2020 UBE may transfer their score to Washington. The minimum passing UBE score reverts to 270 beginning with the February 2021 examination. The Court also approved changes to Washington’s licensed legal intern rule extending the licensing period and increasing the number of licensed interns who can be supervised by a lawyer. Washington has an existing rule allowing recent law school graduates to practice law for up to 18 months in a limited scope under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
The West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, plans to proceed with the administration of the July exam.
Wisconsin is planning to administer the July exam as scheduled.
The Wyoming Supreme Court issued an order on April 10 announcing an emergency rule that authorizes July 2020 bar applicants to be temporarily admitted to the practice of law with supervision, if certain conditions are met, in the event that the July exam is postponed. The rule is issued conditionally on the bar exam not being administered in July and will be of no effect if Wyoming is able to hold the July exam. The bar exam is still currently scheduled for July 28-29.