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MULTIPLE CHOICE - The bar exam sure took a beating this year, with calls for its complete eradication growing louder than ever in the spring and fall as states struggled to choose between the equally icky options of holding the grueling test in person or online during COVID-19. But now that the smoke has cleared and the seats have dried, it’s time to assess what the future may hold for the divisive exam. As Karen Sloan reports in the first installment of a new series called “The True Test: How COVID Is Changing the Course of Legal Education,” the bar exam is probably not going away any time soon, but it is poised for a (possibly) extreme makeover. The pandemic intensified existing scrutiny of the test, as multiple stakeholders continue to study its efficacy in training future lawyers to be actual lawyers. Just how radical the overhaul will be remains to be seen, but as Kellie Early, chief strategy officer for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, put it, the exam of the future will “be different in what it tests and how it tests.”
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