The National Conference of Bar Examiners Appoints a Testing Task Force

MADISON, WI (April 23, 2018) The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced today that it has appointed a Testing Task Force charged with undertaking a three-year study to ensure that the bar examination continues to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent entry-level legal practice in the 21st century.

This comprehensive, future-focused study will identify core competencies for newly licensed lawyers and explore when and how those competencies should be assessed, helping to ensure that the assessment of core legal competencies keeps pace with a rapidly evolving legal profession. The study will be supported by research conducted by independent professionals with relevant technical expertise, and the Task Force will solicit input from state bar admitting authorities, legal educators, and legal professionals, recognizing a shared objective of ensuring the protection of the public and the readiness of new lawyers to join the profession.

“This study will consider all aspects of the bar exam, including content, format, timing, and method of delivery,” said Hon. Cynthia L. Martin, the chair of the Task Force. “I am proud to be a part of this initiative and look forward to collaborating with NCBE’s partners in legal education and bar admissions as we explore how best to assess entry-level practice competencies."

For more information about the Task Force’s objectives and members, visit the Testing Task Force website at

The National Conference of Bar Examiners, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. NCBE develops the licensing tests used by most states for admission to the bar. NCBE stakeholders and constituents include state Supreme Courts, state attorney licensing boards, attorneys, and law school deans. NCBE is governed by a national board of trustees consisting of judges, bar examiners, and bar admission administrators. Approximately 71,000 law school graduates sat for the bar exam in 2017. For more information, see the NCBE website at