TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 13, 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday canceled the in-person Uniform Bar Examination scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 citing the current trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although “stringent public health and safety protocols” were planned, the court said an in-person test could not be safely administered with reasonable certainty. To help mitigate delay and uncertainty for recent law school graduates, the court instead ordered the Board of Law Examiners to administer an online, remotely-proctored assessment on Oct. 5-6. The test will be comprised of questions prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, including three multistate essays and 100 multistate questions. Although successful applicants will not earn a portable Uniform Bar Examination score, the board has entered into reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia, Maryland and Massachusetts, and is working to establish similar agreements with other jurisdictions. Also today, the court extended the deadline for withdrawing from the July exam with a refund until Sept. 1, and extended authorization for supervised practice through July 1, 2022. Read the order or learn more here.

In a related story, WBIR talks to six law school graduates in East Tennessee who have been studying nonstop for the bar exam and share their frustration of being in limbo while financially and emotionally drained.