July 2020 Exam Changes

Here’s what we know currently about changes to the July 2020 Bar Exam due to COVID-19. Links are to relevant Bar Examiner Announcements.

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Exam Date

Diploma Waiver?

Link to Official Order

Registration Limits (if any) and Links

Alabama (UBE)

July 2020

Alaska (UBE)

Arizona (UBE)

July 2020 AND Oct 5-6, 2020 "Plan B"


Arkansas (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept


Sept 9-10

Colorado (UBE)

July 2020 or if postponed, Sep 30-Oct 1



Sept 30-Oct 1


Sept 9-11

District of Columbia (UBE)

Cancelled the Sep 9-10 exam and switched to online "Plan B" exam on Oct 5-6. Note that this score is NOT portable.


Aug 19, 2020

Test will be given online only covering all subjects; 3 essays plus 100 multiple choice questions 


Sept 9-10

Provisional Admission 


Sept 9-10

Idaho (UBE)

July 2020

Illinois (UBE)

Sept 9-10




Iowa (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept 9-10

Kansas (UBE)

July 2020 and Sep 9-10 Order



Sept 30- Oct 1

No more applications are being accepted as of May 4. 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.

Maryland (UBE)

Oct 5-6, 2020


Massachusetts (UBE)

Oct 5-6, 2020 Link

YES - Expanded Student Practice Rule



Minnesota (UBE)

July 2020 and Sept 9-10


July 2020

Missouri (UBE)

July 2020 or Sep 9-10 if needed

Extended student practice rule

Montana (UBE)

July 2020

Nebraska (UBE)

July 2020 AND Sept 9-10 


July 2020 by remote administration

New Hampshire (UBE)

Sept 9-10

New Jersey (UBE)

Sept 9-10


New Mexico (UBE)

Sept 9-10, 2020 

If no exam can be offered in 2020

New York (UBE)

Sept 9-10

Prioritize Applicants with preference to NY Law Grad First Time Takers
the Court announced the prioritization of application filings for the September exam: the application filing period will be open from May 5 to May 15 for graduates of the 15 New York law schools only who are sitting for the bar exam for the first time. the application process for the September exam would proceed on a rolling basis as space permits. The initial application periods (May 5-15 and June 2-12) have closed. A third application period will be open from June 13 through June 16, with applications being accepted from any candidate who graduated with an LLM degree from an ABA-accredited law school located outside of New York, and who has not previously sat for a bar exam in any US jurisdiction. (Candidates who were required to obtain an LLM degree in order to qualify to sit for the bar exam and who have not previously received a preliminary determination of eligibility following review of their foreign credentials will not be permitted to sit for the September exam.) The Board cautions that seating cannot be guaranteed to candidates who register during this application period. After the application period closes, the Board will assess available seating in light of existing health and safety guidance, and candidates will be notified whether or not they will be seated for the exam.
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
Temporary authorization for qualified law graduates to practice

North Carolina (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept 9-10

North Dakota (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept 9-10

LIMIT OF 85 APPLICANTS, Limited Practice Rule

Ohio (UBE)

Sept 9-10

Expanded practice pending admission for recent law school graduates


July 2020

Oregon (UBE)

July 2020 plus Oct 5-6, 2020

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 in October, with scores on that exam not qualifying as UBE scores.
500 Applicant Capacity has been reached for July


Sept 9-10

Rhode Island (UBE)

Sep 30 - Oct 1


South Carolina (UBE)

July 2020

South Dakota


Tennessee (UBE)

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. 



July exam has been cancelled AND replaced with in person Sept 9-10 and online Oct 5-6


Utah (UBE)

Sept 30- Oct 1


 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 at the earliest possible date in 2020 as soon as the exam can be administered safely.

Vermont (UBE)

Sept 9-10



Washington (UBE)

July 2020 and Sep 9-10

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

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.

West Virginia (UBE)

July 2020


July 2020

Wyoming (UBE)

July 2020


Virgin Islands

Fall 2020