NY Bar Examiners: Consider all other options than in person examination

NY Bar Examiners: Consider all other options than in person examination

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The next administration of the New York Bar Exam is currently scheduled to take place in person on Sept 9 and 10, 2020. COVID-19 cases have increased in record numbers across the state of New York in recent weeks, showing no signs of slowing down in the coming months.

NY governor has signed and continues to sign multiple Executive Orders prohibiting organized events of more than 50. This years test takers are to exceed 500.  On July 1, with just few months until the scheduled bar exam, NY continues to report new cases of COVID-19.

With just a few months away, test takers are scared and scrambling on a decision by the NY Supreme Court on how the testing will take place. Throughout the country measures are being taken to accommodate this unprecedented crisis. NY is one of the states at the epicenter of this crisis, subsequently, accommodations need to be taken for the legal profession to prevent the spread and impact of the pandemic.

In light of the continued impact of COVID-19, we strongly and urgently request that the NY Board of Bar Examiners consider all other alternative measures instead of an in-person exam administration.

These measures include, but are not limited to the following:

1.   Online administration of the exam at the earliest possible date (similar to the administration being offered in Florida, Michigan and Maryland); 

2.   Diploma privilege opportunities (similar to those being offered to law grads in Utah, Oregon, and Washington state); or

3.   Any other feasible licensure options that do not require an in-person meeting of hundreds of students during this pandemic.

With just a few months to go until the exam is scheduled to be administered, we urge the Board of Bar Examiners to quickly and effectively enact an alternative means to bar licensure instead of an in-person September exam administration. For the health and safety of its thousands of examinees and the families and communities of the examinees, this must be done as soon as possible.

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