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The temporary disruption to Michigan’s online bar exam Tuesday was the result of a cyberattack, officials said. But some test takers and experts aren’t buying that explanation, saying it’s more likely that the website of the outside vendor administering the test was simply overwhelmed at a critical moment.

Law graduates and attorney licensing entities were closely monitoring Michigan’s exam, as it’s the first-ever online bar exam—a route an increasing number of jurisdictions are taking amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 22 jurisdictions plan to give online bar exams in August and October. The Indiana Supreme Court announced Wednesday that the remote bar exam it plans to give Aug. 4 will be open book and delivered via email after remote administration software it initially planned to use failed tests.

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Karen Sloan

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