The American Bar Association would urge states to abandon plans for any future in-person bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic under a last-minute resolution being proposed to the organization’s House of Delegates.
In lieu of in-person exams, jurisdictions should consider alternatives including supervised practice programs, emergency diploma privileges and remote bar exams, according to the draft resolution, which was still being finalized Thursday. But states offering remote bar exams should ensure that their testing platforms are secure and reliable, and they should be up front about how the exams will be proctored and scored, and what data will be collected from applicants, it reads.
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