Published on July 8, 2024

NextGen Family Law Outline Open for Public Comment Through July 26


The deadline for public comments on the preliminary family law subject matter outline has been extended to August 8, 2024.

NCBE is pleased to share the preliminary NextGen bar exam family law subject matter outline. The outline is available online, and the public is encouraged to submit comments through July 26, 2024.

From July 2026 through February 2028, family law concepts will appear on every NextGen exam in a performance task and may also be included in integrated question sets. During this period, family law concepts will be tested with the provision of legal resources. Starting in July 2028, family law will be included in the foundational concepts and principles tested on the NextGen bar exam and will be tested in the same manner as the other foundational concepts and principles. The subject matter outline shows the doctrinal law that will be tested starting in July 2028.


About the Next Generation of the Bar Exam 

Set to debut in July 2026, the NextGen bar exam will test a broad range of foundational lawyering skills, utilizing a focused set of clearly identified fundamental legal concepts and principles needed in today‚Äôs practice of law. The skills and concepts to be tested were developed through a multi-year, nationwide legal practice analysis, focused on the most important knowledge and skills for newly licensed lawyers. Designed to balance the skills and knowledge needed in litigation and transactional legal practice, the exam will reflect many of the key changes that law schools are making today. NCBE is committed to ensuring a systematic, transparent, and collaborative implementation process, informed by input from and participation by stakeholders, and guided by best practices and the professional standards for high-stakes testing. For more information, visit or

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