The 23-member Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (CBEC) recently voted 8-6 to adopt the so-called Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which is, in effect, a national bar exam, beginning with the February 2017 exam. However, the CBEC also voted 8-5 against submitting the question of whether Connecticut should adopt the national bar exam to the annual meeting of the judges of the Superior Court. Remarkably, two Superior Court judges who are members of the committee voted not to share this decision with their colleagues. The CBEC’s failure to submit this important decision to the state’s judges is a mistake.

Since 2011, 22 states have adopted the national bar exam, which is composed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The exam consists of the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Practice Exam (MPE). Connecticut has been using these components for years. They are excellent products.

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