February 2021 Cal Bar update from the Cal. Supreme Court
Evidently the Cal. Supreme Court knew that today would have been results day if there had been a July Bar Exam! The Court announced the following today for the February 2021 California Bar Examination:
Online exam with limited exceptions: in-person for accommodated students who can’t take the exam in a remote environment and for those who cannot take the exam remotely.
Day 1: 5 essays and one PT (i.e., the Attorneys’ Exam will occur entirely on Day 1, or Tuesday, 2/23). I assume it’ll be 3 essays in the morning, 2 essays and PT in the afternoon. Cal Bar says exam will end at 5:30 pm, so maybe shorter lunch break and an earlier start time? We’ll see when the schedule comes out… in other words, look out for the same 25 minute breaks between questions as before. People gotta pee between questions, right?!
Day 2: back to 200 MBEs. Four sessions of 50 MBEs. So that’ll mean 50 questions, 90 minutes (traditional time), 25 minutes off, 50 questions, 90 minutes. Lunch, then 50 questions, 90 minutes, and 50 questions, 90 minutes.
1390 remains the cut score.
Unanswered question: whither the 8 pieces of scratch paper on the PT? Does that continue? And if that continues, why can’t applicants flip one piece of scratch paper to the laptop camera and use that on the essays for each essay question since there are 25 minutes break between questions? If people can manage 8 pieces of scratch paper, surely they could manage 1?