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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State

Exam Date

Diploma Waiver?

Link to Official Order

Registration Limits (if any) and Links

Alabama (UBE)

July 2020

Alaska (UBE)

Sept 9-10

Arizona (UBE)

July 2020

YES

Arkansas (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept

California

Sept 9-10

Colorado (UBE)

July 2020 or if postponed, Sep 30-Oct 1

Connecticut

 (UBE)

Sept 30-Oct 1

Delaware

Sept 9-11

District of Columbia (UBE)

Sept 9-10

Florida

July 2020

Test will be given in Tampa and Orlando; travel restrictions in place and other health requirements

Georgia

Sept 9-10

Provisional Admission 

Hawaii

Sept 9-10

Idaho (UBE)

July 2020

Illinois (UBE)

Sept 9-10

Indiana

YES

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Iowa (UBE)

July 2020 or if unable, Sept 9-10

Kansas (UBE)

July 2020 and Sep 9-10 Order

Kentucky

Maine

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)

Sept 9-10

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Massachusetts (UBE)

Sep 30- Oct 1 or an alternative exam to the UBE for MA only Link

YES - Expanded Student Practice Rule

Link

Michigan

Minnesota (UBE)

July 2020 and Sept 9-10

Mississippi

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 

Nevada

July 2020 by remote administration

New Hampshire (UBE)

Sept 9-10

New Jersey (UBE)

Sept 9-10

YES

New Mexico (UBE)

Sept 2020 (to be determined)

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. After May 15 the Board will reassess available seating in light of existing health and safety guidance; if seating remains available, the Board will then open the application period to a larger pool of candidates.
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

Oklahoma

July 2020

Oregon (UBE)

July 2020 but may postpone to Fall

Pennsylvania

Sept 9-10

Rhode Island (UBE)

Postponed Indefinitely

South Carolina (UBE)

July 2020

South Dakota

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Tennessee (UBE)

July 2020 AND Sept 30-Oct 1 Link

YES

Texas

July 2020 AND Sept 9-10

Limited

Utah (UBE)

Postponed Indefinitely

YES



 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

Link

Virginia

Washington (UBE)

July 2020 and Sep 9-10

18 Months Limited Practice

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

Wisconsin

July 2020

Wyoming (UBE)

July 2020

YES

Virgin Islands

Fall 2020

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