DC Bar Bar Exam Postponed from July, Planned now for September

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals plans to administer the DC Bar Exam, a uniform bar exam (UBE), on September 9-10, 2020, pandemic-related conditions and restrictions permitting. Over the past few weeks the court has consulted with the DC Department of Health, the DC Attorney General, DC Bar leadership, deans of DC law schools, the Court's Committee on Admissions, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, other bar admissions authorities, and other courts.  

Social distancing protocols relating to health and safety will be implemented.  Each examinee will be required to bring a face mask and to wear it at all times while in the examination venue.  Examinees may be required to have their temperatures taken, to be free of fever and to satisfy other screening requirements before being seated for the exam.

"We understand the concern of recent law school graduates who are anxious to take the bar exam and begin their legal careers.  We worked to balance that with overall public health and safety concerns.  We believe that the approach we have chosen will be safe and will allow potential exam-takers the opportunity to become a member of the DC Bar just a few months later than usual," said DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby.  "We will continue to monitor public health developments, consulting with the DC Department of Health, following guidance issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, and of course monitoring directives issued by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.  If we need to make further adjustments, we will make the announcement at the earliest possible time."

The Court expects to administer the examination at multiple venues. Social distancing protocols will be implemented, which will therefore limit the available seating. The Court expects to open registration on May 18 and close it on May 28. Interested persons should check the court’s website periodically for updates and announcements pertaining to the bar examination and registration.  The Court's May 4 order is on the DC Courts' website, see  www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus and https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals/committee-on-admissions.