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La. Supreme Court announces changes for administering of bar exam

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Posted at 1:46 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 14:46:04-04

The Louisiana Supreme Court has announced changes for the administering the state's bar exam during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes were made upon the recommendation of the Committee on Bar Admission and will affect the August 24 and October 10 remote exams.

The exams, according to the court, will be open-book format, with no live monitoring or proctoring. Applicants will receive exam questions by email and then submit those responses to an established Louisiana Supreme Court email address.

They say applicants will be allowed to use outside materials but not seek help or accept assistance from others during the exam.

"The Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions has worked diligently throughout this pandemic to find workable solutions which will allow applicants the ability to safely sit for the Bar Exam while being mindful of issues which may present themselves that could affect the applicants' ability to test," said Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson in a press release. "The Committee on Bar Admissions advised that it is not feasible to administer the remote bar examinations utilizing the current software vendor, therefore today's Order provides Bar Exam applicants with the opportunity to sit for the Bar Exam without further delay due to conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and possible unexpected technical issues which may have interrupted their remote testing."

Applicants are still required to complete all other requirements for admission as set forth in Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVII, including satisfying character and fitness requirements and passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.

In May, the court issued an order amending the required written examination. Dates for the two, one-day remote testings in August and October were set on July 22.

To see the order issued Wednesday, August 12, click here.

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