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California Bar Exam Goes Online in October, Includes Temporary Limited License Program

Posted Jul 31, 2020

This July’s California bar exam was canceled and the California State Bar is directed to administer an online remote exam from October 5-6, 2020. In making the decision, the California Supreme Court considered letters, comments, and action of other states, in combination with consultations with informal state bar workgroups and the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Several recommendations were made in a July 16th report  to the Judicial Council. The Court strongly encouraged law schools to assist graduates who lack internet access at home or who do not have access to an appropriate exam setting. The State Bar was directed to modify the pass score to allow a minimum passing score of 1390, lowered from 1440, for the October exam and future bar exams. The Court also directed the State Bar to implement a temporary supervised provisional licensure program for 2020 graduates of California law school and 2020 graduates of other law schools who are permitted to sit for the bar exam under Business and Professions Code sections 6060-6061. Further information is forthcoming regarding the temporary program. See Above the Law, SacBee.