February 2021 Cal Bar Exam information – virtual exam once again!
From the Cal Bar:
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23–24, 2021
Time: Applicants will be ready to begin the exam no later than 8:20 a.m. All applicants must be online no later than 8:30 a.m. The exam will begin immediately following the instructions. Applicants should plan to log in at least 20 minutes early. Applicants must be online no later than 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions; instructions will begin promptly at 1:45 p.m.
The exam is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at approximately 5:00 p.m. The exam for those applicants who have applied for and are eligible to take the Attorneys’ Exam will be administered on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Applicants granted extended time may have different schedules, which are communicated to them individually in advance of the exam.
Additional information concerning the timing and other administrative rules and policies are contained in the admittance ticket bulletin that will be available for printing with your admittance ticket for the exam.
OK, OK, but what does it all mean?
Note the “applicants should plan to log in” and “applicants must be online” language. That means the February 2021 exam will be virtual.
Whither the MBEs? 100? 200?
Seemingly contradictory information here:
On one hand, the information about “The exam is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at approximately 5:00 p.m.” harkens back to a pre-COVID 5 essays and PT on Day 1 and 200 MBEs on Day 2. Remember the pre-COVID schedule ended at 5:30 on Day 1 and 5:00 on Day 2.
BUT… the language that the Attorneys’ Exam will be administered on both days is similar to the October 2020 schedule since Attorneys’ Exams are normally ONE DAY.
I’m guessing this will be clarified in due time. Stay tuned!