A nice little bombshell today from the NCBE, the organization who administers the MBE for bar exam jurisdictions.
Evidently the NCBE and Examsoft aren’t getting along. The NCBE just announced that if a jurisdiction switches from an in-person to a remote bar exam format, “remote testing using NCBE exam materials is no longer an option for the February exam dates.”
So… a few options present themselves:
- Hold your exam in person (come what may), and paper materials and status quo start date of February 22.
- Pull a Nevada: hold the exam remotely, hold it at the status quo start date of February 22, and NO MBE.
- Use the Examsoft equivalent program of ILG Exam360, have the NCBE use that service for its MBE administration, and hold the exam on the same dates – status quo
- OR… as the NCBE states below, force a bar exam jurisdiction to postpone its exam to late March and provide MBEs then.
No, I’m not making this up. See below.
From the NCBE:
Update on Status of February 2022 Bar Exam
MADISON, WISCONSIN, January 10, 2022—NCBE is actively supporting bar admission agencies and courts as they prepare to administer the February bar exam consistent with their local health restrictions and requirements. As of this date, we anticipate that most jurisdictions will be administering the bar exam in person on February 22 and 23.
In the event that a jurisdiction’s February bar exam administration is prohibited due to public health restrictions, testing materials will be available for makeup dates in late March. Examinees are encouraged to watch for email and website announcements from the jurisdiction in which they plan to test, including announcements about specific COVID-19 protocols in place for the exam. Further information about administration of the bar exam in either February or March will come from the individual jurisdictions.
Due to firm deadlines set by ExamSoft, remote testing using NCBE exam materials is no longer an option for the February exam dates.
For information about jurisdiction announcements related to the February 2022 bar exam, visitFebruary 2022 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information.