The D.C. Court of Appeals announced late Thursday that the University of the District of Columbia will provide 450 extra seats, above the 1,100 seats available at the D.C. Armory, increasing seating capacity for the July Uniform Bar Exam to 1,550.

The priority registration period, for first-time bar exam takers who have been or will be awarded a Juris Doctor degree by Oct. 26 from law schools located in the D.C. area, opened Thursday and will close at 11:59 p.m. May 17.