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Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina


July 2020 NC Bar Exam Update - May 5, 2020

July 2020 North Carolina Bar Examination – Update – May 5, 2020

 The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners (“NCBLE”) presently intends to administer the July 2020 bar examination on July 28-29, 2020.  

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”) has advised that as of May 5, 2020, 19 jurisdictions have announced that they intend to cancel or postpone the July bar exam; the other jurisdictions either plan to go ahead with the July exam or have not yet made a decision. Based on this information, NCBE has determined that there will most likely be a sufficient number of July examinees to ensure that exam scores can be equated (a necessary part of scoring any high-stakes exam). Accordingly, NCBE plans to make exam materials (MBE, MEE, and MPT) available to jurisdictions able to administer an exam in July.

The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners will continue to monitor public health information as well as state and local requirements and directives related to COVID-19 as it evaluates whether it is possible to administer the July 2020 bar examination as scheduled. 

If the July 2020 examination cannot be administered as scheduled, the NCBLE intends to administer the North Carolina bar examination on September 9-10, 2020. 

The NCBLE understands the stress caused by the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, and that the impact the COVID-19 crisis may have on the July bar exam is a source of additional stress. The NCBLE will continue to monitor the situation and will update this website as new information becomes available.

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