NCBE Publications

The Bar Examiner

The Bar Examiner, NCBE's quarterly publication, provides comprehensive, authoritative information on current issues in bar admissions and legal education and features annual bar examination and admission statistics by jurisdiction. To view current and archived issues of the Bar Examiner, visit NCBE's Bar Examiner website.

Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements 

The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published in collaboration with the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, provides information on bar admission requirements in all US jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies.

Year in Review 

NCBE’s annual Year in Review publication highlights the work of NCBE’s volunteers and staff in fulfilling its mission. It provides information about the many services NCBE provides to jurisdictions, the support it provides for applicants and for the bar admissions community, and the many educational events it produces and hosts. The Year in Review provides a data-filled snapshot into the work NCBE undertakes in its commitment to serving the bar admissions community.

Bar Exam Fundamentals for Legal Educators 

NCBE’s newest publication addresses questions drawn from conversations NCBE has had with legal educators across the country about how the bar exam is developed, administered, and scored. View it on NCBE's Bar Examiner website.

Bar Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evaluating Options for the Class of 2020

On April 9, 2020, NCBE published a white paper, Bar Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evaluating Options for the Class of 2020. The white paper is intended to assist jurisdiction courts and boards of bar examiners in evaluating some of the proposals being discussed for 2020 law school graduates in light of the uncertainty surrounding the July bar exam.

Response by NCBE to the NYSBA Task Force Report

In March 2020, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on the New York Bar Examination issued a report that includes numerous criticisms of the UBE and NCBE, many of which are based upon errors and incorrect assumptions regarding psychometric methods and practices. NCBE offers this response to the Report’s comments.